Dyer offers a small town atmosphere with all the comforts and conveniences of a major metropolitan area. Located along the Indiana/Illinois state line, the town is 15 miles south of Lake Michigan and just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago.
Recognized as one of the fastest growing towns in the state, Dyer celebrates its past and embraces its future. Its motto “Striving Higher” illustrates that philosophy. The 2010 U.S. Census showed Dyer grew from 15,000 to 16,390 residents.
From its friendly neighborhoods to the commercial explosion along U.S. 30, Dyer is attracting people from all over Northwest Indiana and the Illinois south suburbs.
Dyer owes its success to its residents, says Town Manager Rick Eberly.
“People care a lot of their community and what is happening here,” he says. “Residents serve on the town’s governing boards and commissions. So many people work to make Dyer ‘home’.”
As part of that growth, the town has welcomed businesses with open arms, making the process of relocating to Dyer as efficient as possible for commercial enterprises.
Residents of Dyer and neighbors in surrounding communities have long enjoyed the wide variety of services, retail venues, entertainment, and dining establishments available in this Tri-Town community.
In addition to catering to local consumers, businesses in town provide commercial services throughout Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, and beyond. The town’s Shop Dyer first campaign promotes that spirit.
As with any healthy community, the Town of Dyer has established rules and procedures to assist in the efficient and fair operation of the municipality. These rules and procedures are embodied in the Town Codes and Ordinances, a living document that is constantly changing with the needs of the community.
One of those ordinances governs the licensing of contractors who work in Dyer. To obtain a 2013 contractor’s registration, contractors must submit the following documents: a completed application form; a $50 registration fee; a current $5,000 bond which must be recorded at the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point; and a certificate of insurance in an amount greater than or equal to $500,000 for single limit coverage for bodily injury and property damage. The certificate of insurance must show the Town of Dyer as a certificate holder.
Opportunities also abound for developers in Dyer.
The town has multiple properties available for new commercial and residential construction, Lake Michigan water, and easy access to major highways and railways, according to Eberly. Dyer has the third highest household income in Lake County and in conjunction with the neighboring towns of Munster, Highland, Schererville, and St. John provides an attractive demographic market on multiple fronts.
Eberly serves as both the town manager and redevelopment director and is located at Town Hall, One Town Square. To contact Eberly, call (219) 865-6108. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.