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NWI’s diversity is celebrated, and we work together as a community across racial, ethnic, political and cultural lines for the mutual benefit of the region.
Spotlight
NIRPC will be starting a new data collection project to inspect the ADA accessibility of the bus stops throughout the region to build an inventory of needed improvements. This project will entail measuring, reporting the condition, examining signage, and taking additional notes on each bus stop location. NIRPC will be implementing a technology available through their ESRI GIS mapping program. Staff will be visiting each bus stop location and reporting the data through a mobile app that will save the data in map layers accessible to the NIRPC office.  

Additionally, the data collector is able to adjust the accuracy of the bus stop location coordinates while in the field. This process will streamline traditional methods of a pen to paper, followed by computer data entry, as well as the ability to attach photos and other important notes in the collection process. The final product of this project will not only fulfill federal requirements but also help the long term improvement of bus stops throughout the region.
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Interesting News!
  • Pick Your Favorite! Indiana Tourism is running a "people's choice" vote for best brewery, trail, and main street in Indiana. Help make an NWI's brewery and trail standout! Vote daily here until November 3rd. Seven NWI breweries and four trails are in the running!
  • The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) released new analysis on walkability in the Chicago region with an inventory of the sidewalk network and its gaps.
Would a walkability inventory of Northwestern Indiana be a good planning project to pursue?
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The Good Neighbor: Neighborhood Ambassador Program has been created to help homeowners in Northwest Indiana reduce septic system failures and the resulting negative impacts to water quality in the Coastal Region. Clean Water Ambassadors share information with homeowners about maintaining septic systems. The program was created by the Septic System Coordination Work Group, with guidance from the Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program and Save the Dunes.
Welcome new staff!
  • James Gross has joined the Transportation Team as a fall Intern. James will assist with the ADA Bus Stop Inventory. James is currently studying at Purdue University Northwest for a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology.

Employment Opportunity!
  • The Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting a statewide hiring fair on September 17th. Two locations will be recruiting winter workers in NWI:
  • 7601 Melton Rd., Gary, IN 46403
  • 315 E. Boyd Blvd., LaPorte, IN 46350
  • Click here for more information.
Participate!
NIRPC Commission / Executive Board Meeting
National Drive Electric Week EV Ride & Drive
  • September 19th
  • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • 6100 Southport Road Portage, IN 46368
  • Link to more info
Share a Comment!
NIRPC Surface Transportation Committee Meeting
  • October 1st
  • 9:00 AM
  • Lake Michigan Room, 6100 Southport Road Portage, IN 46368
  • Link for more information
  • Questions? Contact Scott Weber at 219-254-2520
  • Can’t make it in person? Watch it on YouTube
Rail Crossing Task Force Meeting
  • October 1st
  • 1:30 PM
  • Lake Michigan Room, 6100 Southport Road Portage, IN 46368
  • Questions? Contact Mitch Barloga at 219-254-2518
  • Link to more info
Funding Opportunity!
NIPRC Environmental Management and Policy Committee Meeting
  • October 3rd
  • 9:00 AM
  • Lake Michigan Room, 6100 Southport Road Portage, IN 46368
  • Link for more information
  • Questions? Contact Candice Eklund at 219-254-2501
  • Can’t make it in person? Watch it on YouTube
Walk to School Day
Funding Opportunity!
NIPRC Land Use Committee Meeting
  • October 3rd
  • 10:30 AM
  • Dune Room, 6100 Southport Road Portage, IN 46368
  • Link for more information
  • Questions? Contact Eman Ibrahim at 219-254-2506
  • Can’t make it in person? Watch it on YouTube
Indiana Department of Transportation Title VI & ADA Summit
  • October 8th
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Government Center South, Conference Room C, 302 W Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN
  • Link to more info
Funding Opportunity!
NIPRC Ped, Pedal, and Paddle Committee Meeting
  • October 3rd
  • 1:30 PM
  • Dune Room, 6100 Southport Road Portage, IN 46368
  • Link for more information
  • Contact Mitch Barloga at 219-254-2518
  • Can’t make it in person? Watch it on YouTube
Diversity and Inclusion Symposium 2019 - Save the Date
Funding Opportunity!
  • The Federal Railroad Administration announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for its Consolidate Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grant program.
  • Applications are due October 18, 2019
Funding Opportunity!
Funding Opportunity!