On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), under the U.S. Department of Commerce, announced a $3,000,000 award to the City of Gary for investing in Buffington Harbor Drive infrastructure.
According to the EDA, this funding will provide for the construction of critical road infrastructure that will facilitate routing for commercial and light industrial transportation to the area’s interstate, rail, and air distribution network. The funding also will support moving truck access that will facilitate the future development of the Gary/Chicago International Airport.
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson stated, “We are humbled by the vote of confidence as evidenced by the EDA grant. We believe that this road that will result from the grant will support existing and future business that will translate to jobs for Gary residents. We appreciate the opportunity to work with Regional Director Jeanette Tamayo and her team.”
“The Buffington Harbor road project will help to jump-start development in the Gary/Chicago International Airport footprint and continues to leverage the investment made there by the city, state, FAA, RDA, and private partners,” said Bill Hanna, President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.
Congressman Pete Visclosky stated, “I applaud Mayor Freeman-Wilson for her dedicated efforts to identify federal, state, and regional resources to support the City of Gary. Today’s announcement is another example of her successful approach to improve economic opportunities in the City of Gary.”
For additional information on the EDA, click here.