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New NIRPC Chief Promotes 2040 Plan

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A group of economic … political and business leaders are working to execute a comprehensive plan to revitalize northwest Indiana in the next three decades.   Renetta Dubose has more on the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s vision for this area by 2040 …and he talked to the new executive director … who will lead the organization to greener pastures…..

From the industrial borders of Lake County to the agricultural ends of LaPorte County … a comprehensive plan to improve a region already in full swing has been approved.  The work … a vision for the year 2040 … was approved in 2011 and will be implemented by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, a council of local governments from Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties.

Ty Warner: What are the common values that everyone shares within the region?  How do we build upon this?  What are the assets that Northwest Indiana has…that’s the challenge.

New NIRPC executive director Ty Warner is braced to carry out the nationally recognized 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which has six components … growth and conservation , transportation, environment and green infrastructure, human and economic resources, stewardship and governance and implementation.

Warner: The plan tries to create a way that NIRPC can funnel its resources.  Federal transportation dollars to build … in center of their communities.

The 46-year-old Sarasota, Florida native brings region work experience from Chicago, Will County, Illinois and the Flint Hills of Kansas … where he built a new regional council establishing trust among diverse communities.  Warner’s work in Chicago included oversight of nearly 300 municipalities spread across seven counties, including eight-million people.  Now that he is working on a smaller scale at NIRPC… which entails 41 municipalities spread across three counties with 770-thousand residents … he hopes he can get more work done.

Warner: The success of Northwest Indiana depends on the towns and success of the towns depends on the heart of those towns.

Warner does have goals for NIRPC outside of the 2040 Plan.  He hopes to improve how government leaders do business and make the organization more visible.  He also wants to focus on the urban areas in NIRPC’s footprint in the hope of adding jobs and ultimately improving the quality of life.   In Portage, Renetta Dubose, Lakeshore News.

 

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