C.P. pledges $20,000 in 2014 to Lake County Economic Alliance

2014-04-15T18:15:00Z 2014-04-15T19:27:06Z C.P. pledges $20,000 in 2014 to Lake County Economic AllianceSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | The Redevelopment Commission voted 4-1 to pledge $20,000 in 2014 to the year-old Lake County Economic Alliance.

Future pledges of $20,000 per year over the next two years will be decided based on the organization's performance this year, officials said.

Carol Drasga, who chairs the commission, held out in favor of pledging $5,000 a year over three years. She voted against the $20,000 pledge this year.

"I think we should start low and see what we get," Drasga said.

Drasga, the 5th District city councilwoman, said her support of the lesser amount of $5,000 per year for three years came after conversations with three other City Council members.

The Lake County Economic Alliance is a countywide effort for attracting businesses to the area and retaining those already here.

Redevelopment Commission member Tom Keilman supported the $20,000 pledge.

"This is about developing relationships, bringing people to the table and landing deals," Keilman said. "We need every tool in the bag to draw economic development."

The contribution from Crown Point will be added to dollars already pledged by NIPSCO and Hammond, among others.

Pledges totaling $150,000 mean the organization could hire an executive director, Lake County Economic Alliance representative Sue Reed told the commission in a March presentation.

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