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