Gov. Mike Pence will visit Northwest Indiana today to visit with local officials and business people, and for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 585, known as the "Gary bill," which provides for studies of region economic development projects, among other things.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, local elected officials and community leaders will be present at the special signing slated for early afternoon at Gary City Hall.
SB 585 provides funding for a feasibility study for a local trauma center and teaching hospital, as well as a study to expand the Port of Indiana to Lake County. It also provides the city of Gary with $3 million from the Gary Sanitary District, and alters Gary Airport Board membership to require board members to have five years of experience in business or aviation management.
The law also requires a study of whether the Port of Indiana should pay Portage for municipal services it uses.
A bi-partisan effort, it was sponsored by state Sens. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, Earline Rogers, D-Gary, Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake, and Lonnie Randolph, D-East Chicago; as well as state Reps. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, Charlie Brown, D-Gary, and Hal Slager, R- Schererville.
Pence also is scheduled to speak at a Porter County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.