Economics professor selected to present 2nd annual PUC Faculty Lecture

“Visioning Northwest Indiana: Challenges to Sustainable Economic Development” is the topic of Purdue University Calumet’s second annual faculty lecture, to be presented by Professor of Economics Amlan Mitra, Thursday, March 31.

Mitra will offer the free lecture at 7 p.m. in Room 107 of the Gyte Science Building. Community members are invited to attend.

With Northwest Indiana traditionally having relied on manufacturing to nurture its economy, Mitra will present challenges facing the region in identifying and implementing effective economic development and public policy strategies.

He plans to pose the question: Why has there been little significant growth in the economy and improvements in standards of living during the past several years while policy makers and economic development experts in Northwest Indiana have invested a great deal of time and money to promote economic development?

“We will discuss how Northwest Indiana can overcome these challenges to create a vibrant economy with a better quality of life and standards of living for its citizens,” Mitra said.

Purdue Calumet’s annual faculty lecture showcases faculty expertise and talent within the university. Faculty lecture applications are chosen based on scholarly value and community interest.

“This community has moved on from being industrial-based, and now we need to redevelop ourselves to include both the public and private sectors,” Event Coordinator and Purdue Calumet Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences Michael Zimmer said. “This is a unique time in which we need to talk about our strengths and weaknesses in order to move forward.”

Mitra holds a baccalaureate degree from St. Xavier (IL) University and graduate degrees from the University of Calcutta, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Northern Illinois University. He has served Purdue Calumet since 1995.