2020 was the year of the unexpected, the unknown, and the unexplainable. However, at GreatNews.Life, 2020 was the year of videos. We shared hundreds of videos this year, including interviews with local, county, and state leaders; live streams of exciting events like groundbreakings and company reveals; awards ceremonies; sports recaps; socially-distant parades and celebrations; and one of our personal favorites, weekly news updates with Jenny Craig-Brown on the Great News Weekly show and podcast. There has been so much going on throughout Valparaiso and Porter County, and it is safe to say that we have plenty of video coverage to prove that.
In no particular order, here are the top 10 videos from LaPorteCounty.Life in 2020.
Bert Cook, Executive Director of the La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership, provides an update on the myriad of projects moving forward in La Porte.
The La Porte High School graduating class of 2020 celebrated their graduation in style with a city-wide "Salute to the Seniors" caravan! Check out the awesome show of support in the video above and all the pictures from the event.
Check out our Life on the Streets with La Porte Mayor Tom Dermody and GreatNews.Life founder Chris Mahlmann! The two talk about the current developments happening in La Porte including the boardwalk over Clear Lake and the revamping of the Maple Lane Mall, partnerships with the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte and La Porte Hospital, and plans for the city to grow in residents over the next few years. Watch the video here!
First responders that serve La Porte County paraded on April 16 to Franciscan Health Michigan City and La Porte Hospital with lights flashing, cheers, and heart-felt signs in solidarity with healthcare workers fighting on the front lines of the pandemic. What a show!
In the cool, pre-dawn October hours, while most of the Region was still fast asleep, a convoy of ambulances converged outside of La Porte Hospital for the culmination of a process three years in the making, a move to their new and newly-branded facility: Northwest Health - La Porte.
GreatNews.Life founder Chris Mahlmann zooms with Crown Point Mayor Dave Uran, La Porte Mayor Tom Dermody, and Portage Mayor Sue Lynch to learn how their cities are pulling together to support citizens, businesses, each other, and the Region as a whole during the pandemic.
In the 11 years since its founding, the GreatNews.Life team has accomplished some pretty amazing goals. With 500,000 photos and 65,000 stories published, 100 Lifers that have served the team, 100 #1 Student interns, 29,000 Twitter fans, and 76,000 Facebook fans they are the primary source for positive news in the Northwest Indiana region. They are committed to forming positive, online communities centered around the idea that, given the option, users prefer to read about the good things going on in their community instead of the often-negative slant given to traditional media.
Northwest Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Leonard joins GreatNews.Life founder Chris Mahlmann to provide an update on COVID-19 in the Region. Dr. Leonard urges all to mask up, social distance, and wash hands, in order to flatten the curve. He also stresses that we must protect our essential workers, lower case prevalence as much as possible, and make critical decisions to be safe.
There may have been fewer fire trucks, but there was certainly no absence of cheer and goodwill as the City of La Porte and La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership (LEAP) hosted their annual Santa Parade to kick-off the holiday season.
We caught up with Maggi Spartz and Shannon Walker of Unity Foundation of La Porte County to hear about how Shannon is getting along in her new VP role.