Dr. Alan Harre

To the Members of the Quality of Life Council and the Community of Northwest Indiana:

Northwest Indiana faces many challenges and opportunities. The need to work together to solve problems and to capitalize on our strengths has never been greater nor more important. Only through the collective efforts of everyone can we create a sustainable future for our region in which our economy, our environment, and all our residents, irrespective of their race and ethnicity, benefit.

The Quality of Life Council serves to discuss issues, to identify solutions, and to urge the region and its creative leaders and residents to envision and then create a compelling and highly desirable future. During the short history of the Quality of Life Council, we have focused on comprehensive land use planning, substance abuse, housing issues, and more recently, quality of life indicators. Our Quality of Life Council Web page will keep us informed about these and other important activities. It will also lift up for our inspiration those among us who have received Quality of Life awards because of their exceptional contributions to the region.

Without the consent of the governed, no democracy can succeed. And without the active engagement of those citizens, who give above and beyond what is expected from them, we will be unable to advance the interests of this region.

We hope that you will find this information helpful and useful. Thank you.


Dr. Alan Harre
Quality of Life Council & President, Valparaiso University