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.

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Congratulations to our 20 NWI communities receiving INDOT Community Crossings matching grants. These funds will provide ...
05/06/2021

Congratulations to our 20 NWI communities receiving INDOT Community Crossings matching grants. These funds will provide more than $9 million for roads and bridge projects in the region.

https://www.in.gov/indot/2390.htm

Congratulations to our 20 NWI communities receiving INDOT Community Crossings matching grants. These funds will provide more than $9 million for roads and bridge projects in the region.

https://www.in.gov/indot/2390.htm

Congratulations to NIRPC’s own Mitch Barloga on receiving the Mark Siminski Bicycle Award from the Partners for Clean Ai...
05/05/2021
Local leaders lauded during Partners for Clean Air virtual awards ceremony

Congratulations to NIRPC’s own Mitch Barloga on receiving the Mark Siminski Bicycle Award from the Partners for Clean Air!

Since 2003, Mitch has been helping Northwest Indiana grow a spectacular paved trail network of over 190 miles. Celebrate Mitch’s well-deserved award by getting outside on one of them today!

Congratulations to all winners of the awards!

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 3, 2021 Local leaders lauded during Partners for Clean Air virtual awards ceremony Scholarships announced for three Region teens furthering air quality efforts VALPARAISO – Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air honored the Region’s top air quality leaders and...

Tune in to Green Fleet Radio, Wednesdays at 7:33, 11am and 12pm, on Lakeshore Public Radio 89.1 FM.  This Wednesday, gue...
04/06/2021

Tune in to Green Fleet Radio, Wednesdays at 7:33, 11am and 12pm, on Lakeshore Public Radio 89.1 FM.

This Wednesday, guest-host Lauri Keagle of South Shore Clean Cities talks with Charles Bradsky, NIRPC Transportation Projects Manager.

Catch up on previous recordings at https://southshorecleancities.org/news-events/green-fleet-radio/ and www.lakeshorepublicradio.org

Tune in to Green Fleet Radio, Wednesdays at 7:33, 11am and 12pm, on Lakeshore Public Radio 89.1 FM.

This Wednesday, guest-host Lauri Keagle of South Shore Clean Cities talks with Charles Bradsky, NIRPC Transportation Projects Manager.

Catch up on previous recordings at https://southshorecleancities.org/news-events/green-fleet-radio/ and www.lakeshorepublicradio.org

NIRPC members are encouraged to submit nominations for the Clean Air Awards through March 26!
03/18/2021

NIRPC members are encouraged to submit nominations for the Clean Air Awards through March 26!

Partners for Clean Air NWI is accepting nominations for its annual Clean Air Awards through March 26! Nominations can be submitted for any northwest Indiana business, municipal or county government, industry, organization or individual who voluntarily undertook actions to protect the air in 2020. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3b5JWHD

Lake and Porter counties were awarded nearly $6 million in additional development funding for trails. Gov. Holcomb annou...
03/05/2021

Lake and Porter counties were awarded nearly $6 million in additional development funding for trails. Gov. Holcomb announced Next Level Trail fund awards Thursday.

--Vale Park West
--Pennsy Greenway/Veterans Memorial Trail
--Marquette Greenway

Read at: https://www.nirpc.org/2021/03/04/press-release-nwi-trails-awarded-6-million-in-new-funding/

Lake and Porter counties were awarded nearly $6 million in additional development funding for trails. Gov. Holcomb announced Next Level Trail fund awards Thursday.

--Vale Park West
--Pennsy Greenway/Veterans Memorial Trail
--Marquette Greenway

Read at: https://www.nirpc.org/2021/03/04/press-release-nwi-trails-awarded-6-million-in-new-funding/

Congratulations to NWI Next Level Trails award recipients:City of Crown Point — Pennsy Greenway to Veterans Trail (2.84 ...
03/05/2021
Press Release: NWI Trails Awarded $6 million in New Funding | NIRPC

Congratulations to NWI Next Level Trails award recipients:

City of Crown Point — Pennsy Greenway to Veterans Trail (2.84 miles): $2,984,252

Portage Redevelopment Commission— Marquette Greenway (0.88 miles – includes bridge): $2,549,300

City of Valparaiso — Vale Park Road West Trail Link (1.45 miles): $364,500

Press release: https://www.nirpc.org/2021/03/04/press-release-nwi-trails-awarded-6-million-in-new-funding/

Northwest Indiana trails projects among 17 statewide award recipients; receive $6 million in trail development funds Governor Holcomb announces Next Level Trail awards will go to three trails in Lake and Porter Counties Portage, Indiana--Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced, Thursday, the award recipi...

Shared benefits of public green spaces extend beyond outdoor escapes and vegetables. Urban forestry is a key element in ...
02/24/2021
The case for building $1,500 parks

Shared benefits of public green spaces extend beyond outdoor escapes and vegetables. Urban forestry is a key element in stormwater management and pollution control, the economics of "curb appeal," and an improved community health and quality of life.

A groundbreaking new study shows that access to “greened” vacant lots reduced feelings of worthlessness and depression, especially in low-resource neighborhoods.

02/24/2021

Congratulations to South Shore Clean Cities, a NIRPC partner organization, on being selected to manage the new statewide Clean Cities program in Indiana!

02/24/2021

Tune in to "Green Fleet Radio" on Lakeshore Public Radio - 89.1 FM today as Lauri Keagle of South Shore Clean Cities guest hosts for Carl Lisek & welcomes Joe Exl of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission for a discussion about the CommuniTree program. "Green Fleet Radio" airs each Weds. at 7:33 a.m., between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. during “Regionally Speaking” & at 4:21 p.m. during "All Things Considered" with generous support from NIRPC. https://buff.ly/2VVaMd7

Gov. Eric Holcomb has named State Rep. Jim Pressel (Rolling Prairie) as the Governor's Appointee to NIRPC.  Rep. Pressel...
02/05/2021

Gov. Eric Holcomb has named State Rep. Jim Pressel (Rolling Prairie) as the Governor's Appointee to NIRPC. Rep. Pressel serves as the chair of the House Committee on Roads and Transportation in the Indiana General Assembly. Welcome Commissioner Pressel!

http://ow.ly/NcEd50DsDhg

Gov. Eric Holcomb has named State Rep. Jim Pressel (Rolling Prairie) as the Governor's Appointee to NIRPC. Rep. Pressel serves as the chair of the House Committee on Roads and Transportation in the Indiana General Assembly. Welcome Commissioner Pressel!

http://ow.ly/NcEd50DsDhg

The Cline Avenue Bridge opened in late December, 2020, after an 11-year absence. Take a tour of the new roadway and see ...
02/01/2021
Cline Avenue Bridge Opening

The Cline Avenue Bridge opened in late December, 2020, after an 11-year absence. Take a tour of the new roadway and see highlights of the ribbon cutting: https://youtu.be/8AU21OxHn5U

Highlights from the Cline Avenue Bridge ribbon cutting and first drive fundraiser on opening day, December 23, 2020.

The Communitree program was featured in the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of City Tree, through the Society of Municipal Arborists....
01/27/2021

The Communitree program was featured in the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of City Tree, through the Society of Municipal Arborists. The article, "Indiana Success Story: Communitree," was written by Andrea Nichols, a partner with NISOURCE.

NIRPC's Communitree program has distributed nearly 2,400 trees since 2017 to local communities to help with canopy diversity, air quality, wildlife preservation and biodiversity, stormwater control, and urban energy conservation.

https://read.dmtmag.com/i/1322557-january-february-2021/0?m4=

The Communitree program was featured in the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of City Tree, through the Society of Municipal Arborists. The article, "Indiana Success Story: Communitree," was written by Andrea Nichols, a partner with NISOURCE.

NIRPC's Communitree program has distributed nearly 2,400 trees since 2017 to local communities to help with canopy diversity, air quality, wildlife preservation and biodiversity, stormwater control, and urban energy conservation.

https://read.dmtmag.com/i/1322557-january-february-2021/0?m4=

The NIRPC 2020 Annual Report, released Thursday, highlights programs and activity within our areas of concern: transport...
01/22/2021

The NIRPC 2020 Annual Report, released Thursday, highlights programs and activity within our areas of concern: transportation, economic development, and environment.

http://ow.ly/qbRU50DeX5z

The NIRPC 2020 Annual Report, released Thursday, highlights programs and activity within our areas of concern: transportation, economic development, and environment.

http://ow.ly/qbRU50DeX5z

Partners for Clean Air announced a scholarship competition for local students interested in pursuing careers that suppor...
01/06/2021
Green Fleet Radio

Partners for Clean Air announced a scholarship competition for local students interested in pursuing careers that support improving air quality. Qualified Lake, Porter, and LaPorte County high school seniors can apply for scholarship awards of $2,500.

Find information on applications at: https://events.in.gov/event/partners_for_clean_air_accepting_scholarship_applications

Carl Lisek hosts “Green Fleet Radio,” interviewing guests in the Lakeshore Public Radio studios in Merrillville on topics pertaining to South Shore Clean

This Wednesday, Carl Lisek at "Green Fleet Radio" and NIRPC's Exec. Dir. Ty Warner talk about regional clean energy init...
12/29/2020
Green Fleet Radio

This Wednesday, Carl Lisek at "Green Fleet Radio" and NIRPC's Exec. Dir. Ty Warner talk about regional clean energy initiatives.

Listen live local NPR Lakeshore Public Radio 89.1, December 30
* 7:33 a.m., during "Morning Edition"
* B/t 11a.m. - 12 p.m., during "Regionally Speaking"
* at 4:21 p.m., during "All Things Considered"

or, online after 9 a.m., at https://www.lakeshorepublicradio.org/programs/green-fleet-radio

Carl Lisek hosts “Green Fleet Radio,” interviewing guests in the Lakeshore Public Radio studios in Merrillville on topics pertaining to South Shore Clean

"Green Fleet Radio" host Carl Lisek talks weekly about regional projects and sustainable energy. Ty Warner, NIRPC exec. ...
12/22/2020
Green Fleet Radio

"Green Fleet Radio" host Carl Lisek talks weekly about regional projects and sustainable energy. Ty Warner, NIRPC exec. director is a guest on December 30 on Lakeshore Public Radio 89.1, at 7:33 a.m., between 11 a.m.- noon, and at 4:21 p.m.

Thank you to Lakeshore Public Radio - 89.1 FM , South Shore Clean Cities and host Carl Lisek

http://ow.ly/Pc1b50CR8q4

Carl Lisek hosts “Green Fleet Radio” each Wednesday on Lakeshore Public Radio. The show features Carl interviewing guests on topics pertaining to South Shore Clean Cities’ mission. “Green Fleet Radio” airs every Wednesday at 7:33 a.m. during “Morning Edition,” between 11 a.m. and 12 p....

NIRPC congratulates local recipients of Indiana Humanities project grants. Award funding will support public humanities ...
12/08/2020
Hoosier Nonprofits Awarded Indiana Humanities Grants

NIRPC congratulates local recipients of Indiana Humanities project grants. Award funding will support public humanities programs throughout the region and state. Read about these awards:
https://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/43025423/hoosier-nonprofits-awarded-indiana-humanities-grants

Action Grants:
Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative, Whiting
Lakeshore PBS/Lakeshore Public Media, Merrillville

INcommon Grant:
The Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse, Gary

Collaboration Grant:
Cedar Lake Historical Association, Cedar Lake

Indiana Humanities has awarded a total of nearly $125,000 to 31 Hoosier nonprofits. The organization says the funding will support public humanities programs in communities throughout the state, inclu

11/25/2020

NIRPC Executive Director Ty Warner speaks with Lakeshore Public Radio's Chris Nolte, "Regionally Speaking," this morning to discuss the new NIRPC report, "E-commerce in Northwest Indiana."

Tune in at 11am on Lakeshore Public Radio, 89.1 FM.

Read the report: http://ow.ly/tqac50CuKAt

>> A 12% decline in shopping trips;>> The closure of nearly 28% of consumer electronics stores;>> A predicted 40% growth...
11/25/2020

>> A 12% decline in shopping trips;

>> The closure of nearly 28% of consumer electronics stores;

>> A predicted 40% growth in urban freight delivery.

The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has already made a mark on Northwest Indiana. A new NIRPC report, "E-Commerce in Northwest Indiana" reviews and predicts trends in shopping, highway traffic, and economic development in the Region.

Read the report:

http://ow.ly/bkQx50CtVEx

Every year NIRPC publishes what is known as the Annual List of Obligated Projects (ALOP).  Learn more about the ALOP in ...
10/28/2020

Every year NIRPC publishes what is known as the Annual List of Obligated Projects (ALOP). Learn more about the ALOP in this week's newsletter.

https://conta.cc/3eaeR6Q

There is still time to take the 2020 Census! The deadline has been extended until October 31st!Take the 2020 Census here...
10/05/2020

There is still time to take the 2020 Census! The deadline has been extended until October 31st!

Take the 2020 Census here:
http://ow.ly/uO7S50BK0Yd

Join South Shore Clean Cities & the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission for a National Drive Electric Week...
09/30/2020

Join South Shore Clean Cities & the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission for a National Drive Electric Week Virtual Electric Vehicle Experience on October 1, 2020 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.

Register here: http://ow.ly/Ql5l50BFZqr

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:
http://ow.ly/TpQ450AFtc9

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

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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]

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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

Telephone

(219) 763-6060

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2040 Comprehensive Plan, NW Indiana Regional Greenways & Blueways Plan, 2010 Ped & Pedal Plan

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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!!