RDA Issues RFP for Trauma Center, Teaching Hospital Studies

The RDA is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for a feasibility study regarding the need for a trauma center in Northwest Indiana and a feasibility study on an academic medical center in Northwest Indiana. In accordance with Indiana statute IC 36-7.5-5, the RDA must investigate whether the statistical profile of injuries annually sustained by the population of Northwest Indiana justifies the placement of one or more trauma centers in the region and, if so, what the appropriate levels of the trauma center(s) should be to care for those injuries, in terms of the trauma center rating system of the American College of Surgeons.

The Indiana General Assemble also directed the RDA to examine the feasibility of developing an academic medical center in Northwest Indiana.

The RFP can be downloaded here.

Please submit proposals to Sherri Ziller, Chief Operating Officer at sziller@rda.in.gov no later than Friday, October 25, 2013, 3:00 p.m. CDT. When submitting your proposal, please be sure to include the Business Proposal Form and the Question/Answers Form.

RDA Funds Help Fuel Jobs and New Investment in Porter County

The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) has pledged $1.4 million from its Deal Closing Fund as part of a package of local, regional and state incentives that secured a $260 million investment by Pratt Industries, Inc., in Northwest Indiana.

Pratt, America’s fifth-largest largest corrugated packaging company and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company, will invest approximately $260 million to build and equip a state-of-the-art recycling plant and supporting facilities in Valparaiso. The expansion is projected to create up to 137 new jobs by 2018.
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Transportation Investment Key to the Region’s Future

Congressman Pete Visclosky testified yesterday before the Indiana General Assembly’s Joint Study Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Assessment and Solution. He spoke out strongly in favor of rail expansion to connect Northwest Indiana to job opportunities in Chicago, and warned that without such an investment the region would fall behind. Below is an excerpt from his testimony.

It is clear that transit oriented development works and that it is a means to diversify our economy. For example, Washington, D.C., experienced a large amount of commercial development when Metrorail was constructed. In the years of its completion, 97 percent of the regional economic development took place in close proximity to a Metrorail station.

And consider Chicago’s economy, which is larger than the economy of Sweden. One reason for its economic dominance is because there are 410 miles of commuter rail lines in Illinois emanating from the Chicago Loop. Attached to this testimony is a Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District map that shows these Illinois rail lines. It also shows the one line to the Chicago Loop from Indiana, with its 35 miles of commuter rail from the Illinois border to Michigan City.

Chicago knows the value of commuter rail, as its planning documents call for 75 percent of their resident homes to be within walking distance of public transit by 2040. Chicago’s average job pays 38 percent more than a job in Northwest Indiana, and we need to facilitate the movement of people to those jobs. We need to have expanded South Shore service so that young, talented people realize that Northwest Indiana, with our affordable housing and low tax rates, and with access to the economy, culture, sports, and entertainment of Chicago, is the place to live, raise a family, and yes – invest in new jobs.

A complete transcript of Congressman Visclosky’s remarks can be found here.

RDA Issues Request for Proposals to Provide Grant Auditing Services

The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority is accepting proposals from CPA firms to provide grant auditing services for the RDA. We invite your firm to submit a proposal to us by Friday, September 27, 2013, 4:30 p.m. CDT for consideration.

The certified public accountant shall audit the finances of one or more of the RDA’s grantees, as those records relate to a specified grant made by the RDA to the grantee. The financial records shall encompass cash flows related to the specified RDA grant, and shall include all cash flows related to the project for which the RDA grant was made.

The audit will be performed in accordance with the guidelines established by the State Board of Accounts with respect to public entities and grant funds.

Please submit an electronic version of your proposal to Sherri Ziller, Chief Operating Officer, RDA, sziller@rda.in.gov no later than Friday, September 27, 2013, 4:30 p.m. CST.

More information can be found on the RDA’s Web site, www.in.gov/rda. The complete RFP may be downloaded here (pdf).

Video: Marquette Park Work Finishing Up

Hitchcock Design held a celebration last evening at Marquette Park to mark the (almost) completion of the park rehabilitation project. Several local officials, including Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and RDA President and CEO Bill Hanna, were invited to make brief remarks. Attendees were also invited on a walking tour to see some on the improvements up close. Some photos of that tour are below the fold.
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