Gary And Region Investment Project
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Aside from geographic difference, Gary and Camden share similar ties in what brought them significant economic fortunes and how they reached periods of decline.
The crowd of 500 people at Tuesday's prayer breakfast at the Genesis Center in downtown Gary proved false the assertion by skeptics that the city doesn't have a prayer. Gary does have a lot of energy, as the crowd in that room can attest.
Many region residents who attended Tuesday's City of Promise event shared their experiences and impressions of Gary and their recommendations for improving it:
EAST CHICAGO | The projects the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority is supporting portend to have great benefits for the region.
GARY | Having a main line to the White House has helped the city of Elkhart in recent years.
FLINT, Mich. | Lorene Randall could have left the city years ago. Randall retired from Delphi Corp. after working 34 years for it and its predecessor companies in Flint. Her husband Frank died nearly four years ago, and her 27-year-old grandson, Jermaine, was gunned down in a drive-by shooti…
City officials and business leaders say Flint is at least moving in the right direction to make over its downtown, attract younger people to the area and rebuild its jobs base. But the aura of a dangerous reputation lingers over the city.
Battling blight, population loss and crime are challenges for any mayor to face. But last week at the Gary and Region Investment Project's first Urban Exchange event, Youngstown, Ohio, Mayor Jay Williams said that one of the biggest battles he's had to fight is helping to change the mindset …
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio | Convincing people this city is open for business has been a battle during the last several decades.
Here are some answers from leaders in the city:
View photos by Tim Hunt of Youngstown, Ohio.
A dizzying name game is under way with the proposed Steel City shrine to Michael Jackson and his family.
Revitalizing the urban core in Northwest Indiana can seem like such a daunting task that it's hard to tell where to start. That's the value of the recent Metropolitan Planning Council survey asking the region's residents to set priorities.
MERRILLVILLE | Three projects for improving Gary and the Calumet Region rose to the top in a survey by the Metropolitan Planning Council that is being released today.
GARY | The Gary and Region Investment Project is seeking public opinion on projects planned for Gary and surrounding areas.
GARY | The Metropolitan Planning Committee and The Times are urging people to vote on the projects they think will do the most to transform the urban cores of Gary and Northwest Indiana.
What do you think? That's the question being asked of Northwest Indiana residents.
The Metropolitan Planning Council and The Times are urging people to go online or to today's Forum section to vote on the projects they think will do the most to transform the urban cores of Gary and Northwest Indiana.
Your input on how to revitalize Gary and Northwest Indiana is vital. Among the many investments planned for Gary and Northwest Indiana, which are most important to you, and what factors should we as a region use to select them?
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