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June 24, 2009

New Web site makes registering for Northwest Indiana parks' recreational and educational programs easier

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - A new Web site developed by a Purdue Technology Center-based company eases the task of registering and paying for parks and recreation department programs offered in three Northwest Indiana communities.

The site was developed by Next Generation Solutions Ltd., an affiliate company of the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana. Information about programs offered by the Highland, Merrillville and Schererville parks departments is available at http://www.activenwi.com

The site "Active NWI" was developed to make the process of searching and paying for activities and programs in parks and recreation departments more convenient for people and cost effective for organizations.

"Some departments use large brochures to list information about activities, but searching through them is time consuming and they can be expensive to produce," said Peter Pekala, managed services director at Next Generation Solutions. "People can perform keyword or category searches on Active NWI to find activities and learn registration dates, start dates, program costs and more."

After site visitors read details about a program, they can log onto the site to register for the program.

Along with the client parks and recreation departments, information on the site comes from LakeNet (http://www.lakenetnwi.net), a site that provides service, business and event information for the Northwest Indiana area. Next Generation Solutions also developed that site.

"LakeNet is affiliated with the Lake County Public Library," said Mark C. Orciuch, president and senior software architect at Next Generation Solutions. "It has a calendar of general events in Lake and Porter counties. We have integrated the databases so events that appear on Active NWI also appear on LakeNet."

The program has the capability to expand and include more Northwest Indiana municipal parks departments as clients. Other organizations requiring online registration and payment for their programs also may sign up with Active NWI.

"It makes sense to regionalize a site like this because people are willing to travel only a certain distance to sign up for programs in other communities," Orciuch said. "But if the idea proves successful, the site can be replicated in other regions."

About Next Generation Solutions Ltd.

Next Generation Solutions Ltd. delivers innovative technologies for the e-government sector. Founded in 1994, Next Generation Solutions Ltd. is a regional leader in portal content management and e-commerce solutions for government agencies.

About the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana

Modeled after West Lafayette's Purdue Research Park flagship incubator that is owned and operated by Purdue Research Foundation, the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana sits on 386 acres west of I-65 in Merrillville. This laboratory and office facility serves as the anchor for the state certified technology park Ameriplex at the Crossroads under development by Purdue Research Foundation and Holladay Properties.

The 48,000-square-foot center is slated in 2010 to expand to 60,000 square feet. It opened as Purdue’s first satellite technology center in January 2005, and currently serves 14 technology-based tenants, five additional tenants and nine technology-based affiliate companies. Employment within the Center currently numbers approximately 100, including researchers with advanced degrees, recent college graduates and interns.

To the Purdue Research Park, http://www.purdueresearchpark.com

Purdue Research Park contact:
Steve Martin, (765) 588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org

Sources:
Mark C. Orciuch, (219) 616-0504, mark_orciuch@ngsltd.com

Peter Pekala, (219) 616-9294, peter_pekala@nglstd.com