Showing: 1-20 of 16

Empowerment Zone

GUEST COMMENTARY: Empowered or underpowered, yet still kicking

GUEST COMMENTARY: Empowered or underpowered, yet still kicking

The Times ran a series of articles in early 2011 on the Gary-East Chicago-Hammond Empowerment Zone that indicated the Empowerment Zone had a muted impact on the cities and the residents living in them.

September 25, 2011 12:00 am
Empowerment Zone plans for future despite obstacles

Empowerment Zone plans for future despite obstacles

Empowerment Zone Executive Director Scott Upshaw works on a new logo for the Steel City Buffet and Grill at the zone's office in March.

April 26, 2011 12:00 am
Empowerment Zone plans for future despite obstacles

Empowerment Zone plans for future despite obstacles

GARY | After disbursing nearly $26 million in federal funds, the Gary-East Chicago-Hammond Empowerment Zone isn't ready to close its doors.

April 26, 2011 12:00 am Photos

Photos

Empowerment Zone plans for future despite obstacles

Empowerment Zone plans for future despite obstacles

GARY | After disbursing nearly $26 million in federal funds, the Gary-East Chicago-Hammond Empowerment Zone isn't ready to close its doors.

April 26, 2011 12:00 am Photos

Photos

Eddie Trevino of EMT Enterprises

Eddie Trevino of EMT Enterprises

Edward "Eddie" Trevino, owner of EMT Enterprises Inc., poses for a portrait at his auto body shop in East Chicago. He is paying off a $201,000 Empowerment Zone loan he received in 2006 to expand his inventory and buy a new tow truck. Many other loan recipients have struggled to repay their d…

April 25, 2011 12:00 pm
Eddie Trevino portrait

Eddie Trevino portrait

Edward "Eddie" Trevino, owner of EMT Enterprises Inc., received an Empowerment Zone loan five years ago to expand his East Chicago automotive business.

April 25, 2011 12:00 am

Empowerment Zone management: lax or 'lame duck?'

By its own admission, the Gary-East Chicago-Hammond Empowerment Zone was not out to make money.

April 25, 2011 12:00 am
Empowerment Zone shows underwhelming results

Empowerment Zone shows underwhelming results

In a region known for stubbornly insulated communities, the designation of areas in East Chicago, Gary and Hammond as an Empowerment Zone was called a success in regional collaboration. But more than a decade later, program critics say the $25.6 million in federal funds spent has had a muted…

April 25, 2011 12:00 am Photos

Photos

Empowerment Zone 'success' stories hard to define

Empowerment Zone 'success' stories hard to define

Edward Garza took particular pride in paying his final bill to the Gary-East Chicago-Hammond Empowerment Zone. The zone had shown kindness and patience to him and his third-generation East Chicago business when banks had not, he said.

April 25, 2011 12:00 am Photos

Photos

Related
Dalton Arms gets interior rehab

Dalton Arms gets interior rehab

Workers make repairs to convert upper floors of the decades-old Dalton Arms building to apartment units. The project if funded by the Gary-East Chicago-Hammond Empowerment Zone.

April 24, 2011 12:00 am
Scott Upshaw speaks to Empowerment Zone board

Scott Upshaw speaks to Empowerment Zone board

Scott Upshaw, executive director of the Gary-East Chicago-Hammond Empowerment Zone, addresses his advisory board during a meeting at the Steel City Buffet and Grill in January. The restaurant's first proprietor failed despite Empowerment Zone funding. Now the zone manages the eatery.

April 24, 2011 12:00 am
Empowerment Zone shows underwhelming results

Empowerment Zone shows underwhelming results

GARY | In a region known for stubbornly insulated communities, the designation of areas in East Chicago, Gary and Hammond as an Empowerment Zone was called a success in regional collaboration.

April 24, 2011 12:00 am Photos

Photos

Empowerment Zone Executive Director Scott Upshaw

Empowerment Zone Executive Director Scott Upshaw

Empowerment Zone Executive Director Scott Upshaw eats lunch with his staff last month at their office in Gary.

April 20, 2011 4:05 pm
Empowerment Zone plans for future despite obstacles

Empowerment Zone plans for future despite obstacles

Empowerment Zone Executive Director Scott Upshaw, right, and Gary Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Hughes tour the Dalton Arms building, which is being converted into condos in Gary in January.

April 20, 2011 4:05 pm
Empowerment Zone plans for future despite obstacles

Empowerment Zone plans for future despite obstacles

Empowerment Zone Executive Director Scott Upshaw addresses the zone's advisory board during a meeting at the Steel City Buffet and Grill in Gary in January. The restaurant received Empowerment Zone funding.

April 20, 2011 4:05 pm

Students to produce DVD on former St. John's Hospital

INDIANAPOLIS | The story of Gary's St. John's Hospital will be passed on to a new generation of region residents thanks to a documentary on DVD and brochure.

July 19, 2010 4:30 pm
activate-button-3
Follow The Times

Latest Local Offers

Featured Businesses

Poll

Loading…

Should Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood receive national park status?

View Results