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MITCH BARLOGA: Creating safe streets for our aging society

MITCH BARLOGA: Creating safe streets for our aging society

Aging is certainly inevitable, but the impact is greater today than at any time in the history of our country. Those born after World War II -- between 1946 and 1964 -- are affectionately described as the “baby boomer” generation, which in turn produced a huge spike in our population. Now th…

July 03, 2014 12:00 am

Hobart officials discuss, plan transporation needs

HOBART | Relieving traffic congestion in Hobart could involve projects promoting nonmotorized transportation, city officials said.

June 24, 2014 5:10 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Unigov won't work if leaders won't budge

GUEST COMMENTARY: Unigov won't work if leaders won't budge

It was in the early 1980s that Indiana State University did a study about Lake County merging all towns and cities into a unigov form of government.

April 16, 2014 12:00 am
CHRIS WHITE: Work together to benefit future generations

CHRIS WHITE: Work together to benefit future generations

It is indeed an exciting time to be a part of Northwest Indiana, a thriving region with great prospects for growth and a promise of a brighter future. People are coming together, working together like never before, and placing the good of the region ahead of more provincial interests, knowin…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Why Everybody Counts is suing NIRPC

The issue between Everybody Counts and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Authority is simple. NIRPC isn't complying with the terms of an agreement they signed in federal court, after a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of people with disabilities throughout Lake County.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: NIRPC should hold sway on South Shore extension

RICH JAMES: NIRPC should hold sway on South Shore extension

The two most significant events I’ve seen in nearly four decades of writing about government in Northwest Indiana happened in the last couple of weeks.

December 18, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: NIRPC votes show it's truly regional in focus

The Illiana Expressway wasn't the only major issue on which the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission voiced its support Thursday. The commission also supported the push to expand South Shore service and to fully fund the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.

December 17, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Controversial Illiana makes strange bedfellows

MARC CHASE: Controversial Illiana makes strange bedfellows

Do you want to see multiple competing political interests — the ones typically bent on ripping out each others' throats — join hands in a semblance of harmony? Just propose an interstate tollway through the serene rural area of an otherwise industrial county.

December 12, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Support NIRPC's vision for Northwest Indiana as is

GUEST COMMENTARY: Support NIRPC's vision for Northwest Indiana as is

A few years ago, hundreds of region residents, business people, and leaders, came together on several occasions to help create the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan.

December 02, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: NIRPC should sharpen listening skills

MARC CHASE: NIRPC should sharpen listening skills

Last week, I wondered if a particular region government planning agency's board would give any weight to the concerns of south Lake County constituents regarding the proposed Illiana Expressway.

November 21, 2013 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Referendum for Illiana would be bad idea

RICH JAMES: Referendum for Illiana would be bad idea

Lake County Councilwoman Christine Cid, D-East Chicago, owns one of the 52 votes that will decide whether there will be an Illiana Expressway.

November 17, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Illiana would be route to jobs, global trade

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Illiana would be route to jobs, global trade

Northwest Indiana is at a crossroads for economic development. An opportunity is on the horizon to help spur development in the northern part of Lake County, at the Gary/Chicago International Airport, and create a new sector of jobs.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: We challenge NIRPC to lead on public transit

GUEST COMMENTARY: We challenge NIRPC to lead on public transit

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s website states NIRPC “provides a forum that enables the citizens of Northwest Indiana to address regional issues relating to transportation, the environment and community, and economic development.” Unfortunately, that forum has certain…

August 13, 2013 10:51 am

NIRPC plan wins top national honor

PORTAGE | NIRPC’s 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan took the top honor at Tuesday’s American Planning Association’s conference in Chicago, NIRPC executive director Ty Warner announced at Thursday’s full commission meeting.

April 18, 2013 12:43 pm
RICH JAMES: There's more planning than doing in NWI

RICH JAMES: There's more planning than doing in NWI

If I had a nickel for every study commissioned by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, I’d be a very rich guy.

March 27, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Regionalization would work well for some services

The current funding debate regarding the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and the transition in leadership at the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission makes me think anew of regional approaches to governance.

January 13, 2013 12:00 am
MITCH BARLOGA: Quality of Life Indicators can include more

MITCH BARLOGA: Quality of Life Indicators can include more

The 2012 Quality of Life Indicators Report provides a snapshot of a number of indicators, or socioeconomic factors, demonstrating progress or regression in these areas. It includes a number of “call to action” ideas to move our region forward. One Region is to be commended.

November 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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HUD official praises Gary, region for development plans

HUD official praises Gary, region for development plans

For the second month in a row, a high-ranking federal agency representative praised Northwest Indiana public officials and organizations for their work toward implementing long-term economic and community development plans.

September 10, 2012 5:00 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL: Transportation vital for economic development

When looking to the region's future, it's important to look at the big picture -- and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is doing exactly that.

July 05, 2011 12:00 am

NIRPC seeking big transpo projects

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is opening a one-month window for municipalities and the Indiana Department of Transportation to submit transportation projects for inclusion in its 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan.

December 08, 2010 12:00 am
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