Growing Northwest Indiana's economy

Monday, March 23, 2015

Growing Northwest Indiana's economy

When it comes to creating jobs in Northwest Indiana, it is essential to support legislation that promotes economic growth. This session, I supported several bills working toward this goal.

Enterprise zones are an effective economic tool to encourage job creation in urban areas and reinvestment in communities. Currently, several areas of the state have enterprise zones set to expire. House Bill (HB) 1541 allows cities and towns to adopt a resolution that renews these zones for an additional five years. The enterprise zones in East Chicago and Hammond would directly benefit from this legislation.

Northwest Indiana will also gain from legislation that will allow gaming boats to build on land, on their existing footprint, with the approval of the Indiana Gaming Commission. Allowing gaming facilities to function at this level will benefit Indiana's gaming industry, allowing casinos to better compete, which could lead to more jobs and funding for our area. Click here to learn more about this legislation.

Additionally, I supported HB 1618 which creates a program to provide matching grants to the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. Matching grants of more than $9M per year could attribute to about 16 projects in northwest Indiana to extend the Chicago/South Shore railway.

As a strong advocate for economic development, I was proud to support legislation that benefits our community's economy. As your state representative, I encourage you to contact my office to provide feedback regarding these, or other pieces of legislation this session, or to voice any concerns that you may have.

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