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Michigan City And Gary Indiana Chosen To be A National host Site

Michigan City and Gary Indiana were chosen among 65 Host Sites across the Country to participate in the “Economic Development  Administration’s Economic Recovery Corps Fellowship.”

Both cities will has full access to a fully funded and dedicated “fellow” to strengthen the local business efforts and build economic development on a hands on local level.

Efforts to “re-brand” each city will take place with various local stakeholders for increased financial backbone and shared responsibilities. Christopher Harris, director of Gary’s Redevelopment  Commission and the new mayor of Michigan City Angie Nelson Deuitch are pleased to be involved with this new fellowship. 
The cities of Gary and Michigan city were chosen from over 500 host applications. As hosts, they will share one dedicated fellow (fully funded for 2.5 years from the ERC program) who will serve as a field catalyst to enhance, strengthen, and coordinate relationships and local efforts alongside the host community.  

In Gary, the ERC fellow will work with the City of Gary’s Redevelopment Commission to engage local stakeholders, entrepreneurs, residents, and prospective developers in the development and branding of the new downtown Gary, which is part of the newly established Transit Development District (TDD).

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“This is a groundbreaking partnership with the Economic Development Administration,” said Mayor of Gary Eddie Melton, “I would like to thank Christopher Harris, our director of redevelopment, for his hard work in securing this fellow through this national competitive process. We have some transformational projects planned for the City of Gary with the passage of Senate Bill 434. The funding from this legislation will allow us to build a new multimodal station and demolish some significant blighted structures that will make way for future development. Having this fellow will be a catalyst for the reinvestment and revitalization of our downtown Broadway Corridor.”

Michigan City’s choice was Inspired by a program that was announced in September of 2023 titled Vibrant Michigan City,” which focused on banking, grocery stores, and public parks within the West, East and Midtown sections of the city.
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“What a great opportunity for Michigan City to be one of the very few cities in the country to receive a fellow to allow us to push our Vibrant Michigan City agenda forward for our citizens,” said Mayor of Michigan City Angie Nelson Deuitch “Our citizens helped us to create that agenda, which impacts not only the west and east sides of town, but all of Michigan City. So, we are just thrilled to have a fellow working with us to help us fulfill our goals.”

The ERC Fellowship was launched in 2023 through a $30 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). It is led by the International Economic Development Council and supported by 6 other national economic development organizations. The program is designed to build capacity in some of the hardest-hit and most economically distressed areas across the United States while cultivating the next generation of economic development leaders.  

 For more information on Gary, call 219-873-1211 or visit www.gary.gov/redevelopment.Good Day Nwi

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.