RDA Accepting Proposals for Auditing Services

The RDA is currently accepting proposals from CPA firms to provide auditing services for the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority for a period commencing on January 1, 2014 and ending December 31, 2014. We invite your firm to submit a proposal to us by Friday, October 24, 2014, 4:30 p.m. CST for consideration.

We ask all interested parties to please submit an electronic version of your proposal to sziller@rda.in.gov no later than Friday, October 24, 2014, 4:30 p.m. CST.

For more information, please download the Request for Proposal PDF here.

Another Day, Another Groundbreaking

The revitalization project in East Chicago continues to gather momentum. Just a couple weeks after kicking off construction at Jeorse Beach, the City of East Chicago broke ground at the corner of Main Street and 138th Street on the new Unity Plaza. The plaza project is part of the overall effort to improve quality of life in the city and create a stronger connection to the Lake Michigan shoreline. The initiative is funded in part by a $17 million grant from the Regional Development Authority.

More pictures from the groundbreaking can be seen here. And check out remarks Mayor Anthony Copeland and RDA President and CEO Bill Hanna below.

Whiting Lakefront Park Sets New Standard for the Lake Michigan Shoreline

City, region state and federal officials, area business leaders and residents gathered yesterday evening on Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline to dedicate the new Whiting Lakefront Park.

Click here to watch Mayor Joe Stahura’s remarks at the dedication.
Click here to watch Congressman Pete Visclosky’s remarks at the dedication.
Click here to watch Bill Hanna and Gerry Dick discuss the project and more on Inside Indiana Business.

“It never gets old, looking behind me at one of our most famous suburbs – Chicago,” quipped Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura, referring to the park’s view of the Chicago skyline across Lake Michigan. The mayor extended the thanks of his community to all members of the RDA, past and present, for the financial assistance which made the project possible. “You also deserve much of the credit for the millions of dollars in additional public and private investment being made in our community today,” he added.
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Report Charts Path for Trauma Care in NWI

The Board of Directors of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) accepted a new report at today’s board meeting that examined the potential for a trauma center and academic medical center in Northwest Indiana

The report, developed by consulting firm KatzSapperMiller (Indianapolis), found that building a new trauma center in Northwest Indiana would likely cannibalize patients and jobs from existing facilities. Similarly, a separate academic medical center (also often called a “teaching hospital”) is not justified given the number of available hospital beds in the region.
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Jeorse Beach Project in East Chicago Kicks Off

The City of East Chicago held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday to celebrate the beginning of work to restore the Lake Michigan shoreline in East Chicago. The RDA has provided $17 million in matching funds for this and other lakefront revitalization projects planned in East Chicago over the next several years.

“Restoring the shoreline in East Chicago will encourage new business development and give residents of East Chicago a tremendous asset to enjoy for generations to come,” says Ed Glover, East Chicago’s representative on the RDA Board of Directors. According to East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland, the Jeorse Beach project is part of $30 million in improvements across the city being done this year.

The East Chicago lakefront revitalization is one of several Marquette Plan projects the RDA has funded in lhiting, Hammond, Portage and Gary. Overall, the RDA and lakeshore communities have invested more than $200 million in the Lake Michigan shoreline since 2006. Over the next ten years, these investments are projected to generate more than 1,000 jobs and will add $93 million a year to the region’s total economic output by 2025.

Amended RFQ for Environmental Services

The RDA recently issued a request for qualifications for environmental services related to an EPA brownfields assessment grant. That RFQ has subsequently been amended to remove a typographical error. The amended RFQ can be downloaded by clicking this link (pdf).

The original announcement can be found here.

For more information, visit the Northwest Indiana Brownfields Coalition Web site.

Progress Continues at the Gary/Chicago International Airport

Of all the projects in which the RDA has been involved, none has tested us more than the runway expansion and railroad relocation project at the Gary/Chicago International Airport. But perseverance and teamwork of all the partners involved in the project is paying off, with the final major barrier to completion now poised to come down later this year.

Since 2006, the RDA has invested a total of $50 million in the project, which has involved not only the new runway, but also extensive environmental remediation, construction of new rail bridges and tracks, relocation of a NIPSCO substation, burial of power lines and other utility work, construction of a long box culvert to address drainage issues, the building of a four-lane vehicle overpass on Airport Road and many other projects large and small.

As a result, the airport is poised to contribute significantly to the regional economy. Based on similar projects elsewhere around the country, expansion of the Gary/Chicago International Airport will create more than 2,400 new jobs in Northwest Indiana by 2025, more than half of which will be in transportation, warehousing and manufacturing. These jobs will generate and estimated $169 million in disposable income annually and have an overall yearly economic impact of more than half a billion dollars.