STORY OF THE WEEK

2014-01-26T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK nwitimes.com
January 26, 2014 12:00 am

South Shore proponents lay tracks for expansion

In a renewed push to extend the South Shore commuter rail line, proponents are touting its unparalleled economic development potential and saying no new taxes will be needed to build it.

Region's manufacturing focus accounts for slow growth, jobs deficit

Northwest Indiana grew at a slower pace than the state and nation last year, partly because of the heavy concentration in manufacturing. The region lost 5,500 manufacturing jobs following the 2008 financial crisis, but has only recovered about 60 percent of the manufacturing jobs lost, according to a study by Micah Pollak, assistant professor of economics at Indiana University Northwest.

Glamorous at times, dire at others, South Shore history a fascinating ride

It once brought strong-armed men from their homes to the steel mills. It brought city slickers from Chicago for a day at the beach. It took a generation off to war and brought them back.

Local union says it's easy being green

A 160-foot-tall wind turbine at a local electrical union can generate enough electricity to power 15 homes. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 697 has been building a 100-kilowatt turbine on its new environmentally-friendly campus at 7200 Mississippi St., near the Hobart border. The turbine – which is about a third as big as the turbines in the Meadow Lake Wind Farm off Interstate 65 near Brookston – will go online this week.

Obama administration taps Gary for Strong Cities initiative

Gary soon will get an unprecedented level of support from the federal government, which will work out of City Hall to strengthen the city's economy and lift up its residents. The Obama administration announced Thursday that Gary will be one of seven economically distressed cities that will take part in the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative.

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