Northwest Indiana’s regional infrastructure is a competitive advantage for the region. Our economy is significantly affected by the quality of the public infrastructure that supports it. Ignite The Region’s Infrastructure initiative is to ensure that Northwest Indiana’s infrastructure meets the needs of a 21st-century economy. Our Infrastructure Initiative is comprised of nine strategic goals:

  1. Work with private landowners and communities in the region to expand real estate product available for industrial and commercial use

  2. Accelerate brownfield redevelopment and recover lands for reuse

  3. Develop the market potential of the Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY) as a corporate/general aviation, air cargo and industrial asset for the region

  4. Enhance the region’s multimodal infrastructure by expanding connections among rails, highways, ports and airports

  5. Establish an online permitting portal that encompasses multiple jurisdictions in the region

  6. Strengthen collective efforts to improve and expand the region’s transportation and mobility infrastructure

  7. Explore the adoption and testing of emerging “smart” technologies into the region’s transportation infrastructure

  8. Develop a regional broadband strategy

  9. Preserve and enhance the region’s agricultural infrastructure