Gary Celebrates Major Milestone at Airport

The Gary/Chicago International Airport today celebrated a major milestone in its Runway Expansion Project. Monday morning, CN began the 32-hour cut-over process to move rail operations from an existing line to a new route, clearing the way to continue to make progress on the Airport’s runway.

The Runway Expansion Project is a collaborative effort funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the State of Indiana and the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, the Chicago Department of Aviation, and the City of Gary.

“With completion of the runway and relocation of the railroad tracks, the Gary/Chicago International Airport is poised to contribute significantly to the regional economy,” said RDA President and CEO Bill Hanna. “The expansion is expected to create more than 2,000 new jobs in Northwest Indiana by 2025, which will generate an estimated $156 million in personal income annually and have an overall yearly economic impact of more than $420 million.”
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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.