WILLIAM NANGLE: Three mayors' vision improving their communities

2013-09-01T00:00:00Z WILLIAM NANGLE: Three mayors' vision improving their communitiesBy William Nangle nwitimes.com
September 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Three cities. Three mayors. One goal.

Mayors in Whiting, Valparaiso and Crown Point are setting the pace in Northwest Indiana with developments beneficial to the people of their communities.

Each has provided new "hands-on" opportunities, and those accomplishments are building a better community.

What are they doing that’s notable?

  • In Crown Point, Mayor Dave Uran has led development of youth sports facilities. We’re talking about a major multimillion-dollar investment ranging from soccer and baseball fields to modern playground equipment.
  • Mayor Joe Stahura has given Whiting a fresh coat of energy. Residents have taken to a new baseball stadium where they watch a minor league team play. They like the cleanup and addition of new facilities at the city’s Lake Michigan park.
  • And in Valparaiso, Mayor Jon Costas, working with Porter Hospital, has established a downtown plaza that is home to open air concerts, a farmers market and other events. It even has a statue of the city’s hero, Orville Redenbacher.

What impresses me most is the mayors share a common vision, making decisions today they know will impact the future of their cities.

For instance, Stahura sees a vibrant lakeside community possibly with a hotel and restaurants along the lake. He’s engaged with the idea of getting the National Mascot Hall of Fame located in Whiting.

In short, he’s working to put Whiting on the map in bold letters and to create jobs.

Uran, while pushing added development along the ”Broadway Corridor,” hasn’t forgotten downtown Crown Point. Making way for cafe dining, offering exciting events on the square and highlighting history there has kept a focus on the city’s center. It proves the idea that growth and history can work side by side to benefit a community.

All too often, you read about the negatives of a city. These mayors are concentrating on positive development.

To be sure, there are other Northwest Indiana mayors pushing progressive agendas, but these three stand out as a shining example of moving the needle far forward.

They are acting today, knowing full well the impact they can have on the city’s future.

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