Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission NIRPC is the Metropolitan Planning Organization and regional council of local governments for Northwest Indiana. NIRPC’s purpose is to “provide a coordinative management process for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties.

NIRPC is a regional council of local governments serving the citizens of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties in Northwest Indiana. The Northwest Indiana region is part of the U.S. Census Bureau's Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). NIRPC provides a forum that enables the citizens of Northwest Indiana to address regional issues relating to transportation, the environment and community, and economic development. NIRPC, as a recipient of federal funds, is subject to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, creed and national origin. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.

Mission: - To serve as Northwest Indiana’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and act as the designated recipient for certain transportation funding. - To generate meaningful dialogue and cooperation on issues of common concern. - To contribute to the development of a common vision pertaining to Northwest Indiana’s future. - To provide a forum in which elected officials and other decision-makers can develop and implement solutions to regional problems. - To promote public-private partnerships. - To provide a common voice for Northwest Indiana in its communications with the state and the federal government.

Operating as usual

08/05/2020
OCRA: Taking Care of Main Street

Today, Taking Care of Main Street, a new program to provide operational support for Indiana Main Street programs was launched!

Applications are now open and only online applications will be accepted. For more program information, visit www.in.gov/ocra/3016.htm.

Main Content Taking Care of Main Street OCRAIndiana Main Street Current: Taking Care of Main Street Overview The Taking Care of Main Street: Operating Support Grant Program provides support for the ongoing activities and administrative functions of designated Indiana Main Street programs of up to $2...

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) plans to amend its 2019 Action Plan and 2020 Action Plan for Ho...
07/22/2020

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) plans to amend its 2019 Action Plan and 2020 Action Plan for Housing and Community Development. A public hearing to discuss the draft 2019 and 2020 Action Plan amendments is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on July 30, 2020.

Learn more here:
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Today is an Air Quality Action Day. To learn more about how your community is impacted, click here:http://ow.ly/jAA850Aa...
06/19/2020

Today is an Air Quality Action Day. To learn more about how your community is impacted, click here:

http://ow.ly/jAA850AaHe4

06/18/2020
Save the Dunes

NIRPC chatted with our partners at Save the Dunes today. Learn more about what NIRPC has been working on.

The Indiana Arts Commission is distributing nearly $600,000 to about 200 community-based arts organizations throughout t...
06/18/2020
Arts Commission Distributes CARES Relief Funds

The Indiana Arts Commission is distributing nearly $600,000 to about 200 community-based arts organizations throughout the state. The commission says the funding from the CARES Act aims to help the recipients recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following recipients are from our Region:

Art Barn School of Art, Inc.
Chesterton Art Center
Beachfront Dance School, INC
Books, Brushes & Bands for Education
Community Theatre Guild/Chicago Street Theatre
Dunes Arts Foundation, Inc
Indiana Ballet Theatre NW Inc
Laporte Symphony Orchestra
Memorial Opera House
Miller Beach Arts & Creative District CDC, Inc.
Northwest Indiana Symphony Society, Inc.
South Shore Arts
South Shore Dance Alliance, Inc
The Jack & Shirley Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Theatre at the Center, Inc.
Towle Performing Arts Company

The Indiana Arts Commission is distributing nearly $600,000 in relief funds to community-based arts providers. The IAC says the funds were awarded to nearly 200 arts organizations currently receiving

Today is an Air Quality Action Day. Learn more about how this impacts your community here: http://ow.ly/7KNr50AaHql
06/18/2020

Today is an Air Quality Action Day. Learn more about how this impacts your community here:

http://ow.ly/7KNr50AaHql

Tomorrow there will be an Air Quality Action Day for Ozone. To check how this impacts your area, learn more here:http://...
06/17/2020

Tomorrow there will be an Air Quality Action Day for Ozone. To check how this impacts your area, learn more here:

http://ow.ly/jAA850AaHe4

HUD announces more CARES Act Funding with Indiana set to receive over $30 million. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/Aajd50A...
06/11/2020
HUD Announces More CARES Act Funding

HUD announces more CARES Act Funding with Indiana set to receive over $30 million.

Learn more here:
http://ow.ly/Aajd50A5bDI

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated nearly $3 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants to support the homeless community and those at risk of becoming homeless due to hards

Read about the Veteran's Memorial Trail, APA Awards, and more in this week's newsletter. https://conta.cc/2MrJjfp
06/04/2020

Read about the Veteran's Memorial Trail, APA Awards, and more in this week's newsletter.

https://conta.cc/2MrJjfp

NIRPC was awarded the Outstanding Transportation Plan Award for NWI 2050 by the APA Indiana Chapter. “We’re thankful to ...
05/29/2020

NIRPC was awarded the Outstanding Transportation Plan Award for NWI 2050 by the APA Indiana Chapter.

“We’re thankful to the Indiana Chapter of the APA for recognizing the region’s efforts to plan for its future,” said Ty Warner, NIRPC’s Executive Director. “Many northwest Indiana residents helped shape NWI 2050 through their participation in workshops and pop-up events across Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties over many months.

“This plan begins a new chapter in the region’s story, and this award helps that story to be told more widely,” Warner said

Learn more here: http://ow.ly/ztTj50zTVeP

Quick Reminder: The NIRPC Full Commission meets tomorrow morning at 9AM. This is a virtual meeting.Learn more here.http:...
05/20/2020
NIRPC Full Commission / Executive Board

Quick Reminder: The NIRPC Full Commission meets tomorrow morning at 9AM. This is a virtual meeting.

Learn more here.
http://ow.ly/qhB150zHx3z

5/21/2020 NIRPC Full Commission Meeting Packet: PDF | HTML NIRPC Title VI Program Document: PDF | HTML NIRPC 2021-2022 Unified Planning Work Program: PDF | HTML Join Zoom Meeting Meeting …

This week at NIRPC,Thursday, 5/21, NIRPC Full Commission Meeting, 9AMView the agenda and meeting packet here.
05/17/2020
NIRPC Full Commission / Executive Board

This week at NIRPC,

Thursday, 5/21, NIRPC Full Commission Meeting, 9AM

View the agenda and meeting packet here.

5/21/2020 NIRPC Full Commission Meeting Packet: PDF | HTML NIRPC Title VI Program Document: PDF | HTML NIRPC 2021-2022 Unified Planning Work Program: PDF | HTML Join Zoom Meeting Meeting …

Pandemic Cities, a vibrant Region amid COVID-19, and more in this week's newsletter. Learn more herehttps://conta.cc/365...
05/15/2020

Pandemic Cities, a vibrant Region amid COVID-19, and more in this week's newsletter.

Learn more here
https://conta.cc/3650fkQ

The impacts of COVID-19 on food insecure communities, fixed-route technical assistance, tackling invasive species on Ear...
04/22/2020

The impacts of COVID-19 on food insecure communities, fixed-route technical assistance, tackling invasive species on Earth Day and more in this week's newsletter.

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Decreased traffic counts, the bright side of staying in place, and 5 ways to renew the environment during COVID-19. Lear...
04/15/2020

Decreased traffic counts, the bright side of staying in place, and 5 ways to renew the environment during COVID-19. Learn more in this week's newsletter.

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04/13/2020
LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District

Add this story to your story time this week with your little ones at home.

Education Coordinator Nicole reads an exerpt from "Dirt" by Steve the Dirtmeister Tomecek and illustrated by Nancy Woodman.

It has been 230 years and counting since the census began. So, how does the 2020 Census compare to the 1790 Count? Learn...
04/13/2020

It has been 230 years and counting since the census began. So, how does the 2020 Census compare to the 1790 Count?

Learn more here: http://ow.ly/wnnA50zczTH

#2020Census #GetCounted

How to connect with nature while social distancing, Northwest Indiana Growth Patterns and more in this week's newsletter...
04/08/2020

How to connect with nature while social distancing, Northwest Indiana Growth Patterns and more in this week's newsletter.

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Here are a few tips to follow when exploring public parks and trails from the COVID-19 social distancing fact sheet. Fac...
04/06/2020

Here are a few tips to follow when exploring public parks and trails from the COVID-19 social distancing fact sheet. Facts include the CDC's minimum recommendations for social distancing and more.

Have you taken the 2020 Census yet? Track Census response rates on the U.S. Census website and learn more.http://ow.ly/L...
04/03/2020

Have you taken the 2020 Census yet? Track Census response rates on the U.S. Census website and learn more.

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There are many ways to take the 2020 Census. Learn more on what the U.S. Census Bureau is doing and how you can particip...
04/02/2020

There are many ways to take the 2020 Census. Learn more on what the U.S. Census Bureau is doing and how you can participate in the 2020 Census despite COVID-19.

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Regional transit, trails, and data tracking in the age of COVID-19. Learn what is happening around the region and how ou...
04/01/2020

Regional transit, trails, and data tracking in the age of COVID-19. Learn what is happening around the region and how our communities are adapting to these rapid changes in this week's newsletter.

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The 2020 Census is here! The census impacts funding decisions for things like infrastructure, health care, education, a​...
04/01/2020

The 2020 Census is here! The census impacts funding decisions for things like infrastructure, health care, education, a​nd more.

Respond today at 2020Census.gov

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Happy Census Day! Now that you have tons of facts on the importance of census data, get counted!#2020Census #CensusDay #...
04/01/2020

Happy Census Day! Now that you have tons of facts on the importance of census data, get counted!

#2020Census #CensusDay #GetCounted #40CensusReasonsWhywithNIRPC

Census data can assist in determing areas that are eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans.#2020Census ...
03/31/2020

Census data can assist in determing areas that are eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans.

#2020Census #CensusDay #GetCounted #40CensusReasonsWhywithNIRPC

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6100 Southport Rd
Portage, IN
46368

The office is located one mile south of the Portage/Ogden Dunes South Shore Station. Since no shuttle service is in use from the station, please contact us so we can arrange a pick up for you and your party.

General information

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is a multi-purpose, sub-state, area-wide planning agency. NIRPC was originally established as the Lake-Porter County Regional Transportation and Planning Commission in 1965, pursuant to State-enabling legislation. An amendment to this legislation in 1973 provided the Commission with its current name and allowed for the addition of new member counties. Under this provision, La Porte County joined NIRPC in 1979. In 1996 the legislation was again amended to provide a seat on the Commission for all of the mayors in the three county region. The legislation was again amended in 2003 to provide for representation of all 41 cities and towns in the Tri-County area, and to specify that representatives must be elected officials. The legislation under which the Commission operates is contained within Indiana Code Title 36, Article VII, Chapter 7. NIRPC operates as a cooperative of local governments within the Tri-County area. It is currently comprised of fifty-three members. In addition to the municipal appointments, the County Councils, Boards of Commissioners, and County Surveyors appoint one member each, as does the Governor. The Commission or the Executive Board meets monthly. NIRPC's meetings are open to the public and there is a place on every agenda for public comment. The Commission's planning area is strategically located at the southern tip of Lake Michigan and represents an integral part of the greater Chicago metropolitan area. The Commission's planning area is comprised of the three participating counties of Lake, Porter and La Porte, located in the northwestern corner of the State of Indiana. It consists of 741,468 people (2000 Census) and covers 1,520 square miles. There are forty-one cities and towns and forty-four townships within the NIRPC planning area. One of the most important designations NIRPC has received is that of Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for northwestern Indiana. MPO's are responsible, together with state departments of transportation and public transit operators, for carrying out the transportation planning process for urbanized areas. Northwest Indiana is a diverse and dynamic region whose complexities are reflected in the regional transportation system. The NIRPC planning area includes arguably some of the most strategic and critical links in the national transportation system. These factors combine to make the role of MPO for northwestern Indiana extraordinarily challenging. In addition to planning responsibilities in the environmental and community development areas NIRPC provides staff services for several "partner agencies". Housed in the NIRPC offices are the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission and the Kankakee River Basin Commission. NIRPC also houses the offices of the Regional Bus Authority, which grew out of the Lake-Porter Counties Regional Transportation Authority initially staffed by NIRPC. For information on the availability of this statement in alternate format contact [email protected]

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

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(219) 763-6060

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Please no more taxes. NWI is filled with corruption. If you cant make it work with the takes we pay now then we dont need it
The links on the 30 day comments is broken for the Marquette Plan.
We had a good meeting. Many issues were discussed. The main focus was building for the future in areas concerning almost every area of a human life, even religion. You should have been there! It was something to behold! They addressed tough, hard issues and vowed to make a report from the meetings that they conduct in the near future. There hasn't been a meeting like this in quite some time. Hope and pray they keep it up. It will be good for the region!!