The city of Gary has launched its “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” initiative. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says the program places federal representatives in City Hall to help make visible impacts throughout neighborhoods. Freeman-Wilson will be a guest on this weekend's edition of Inside INdiana Business Television. July 17, 2014

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Gary, Ind. — Early Thursday, the City of Gary hosted a press conference to share details of its Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative and a status update on the Sheraton demolition project. Mayor Freeman-Wilson welcomed a host of partners including, HUD Region 5 Regional Administrator Antonio Riley, EPA Region 5 Regional Administrator Susan Hedman and Bill Hanna, President of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, Justin Mount, Regional Director for the Office of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, and Carolyn Saxton, President of the Legacy Foundation. Each discussed their role in the new initiative which the City of Gary was selected to participate in by the Obama Administration.

“As promised, we wanted to keep the community informed of when this very significant partnership would begin,” said Freeman-Wilson. “We now have federal representatives in place here at City Hall, and they are working with us on a daily basis to help us make visible impacts in various neighborhoods throughout the city.”

Redevelopment Director Joe Van Dyk and Green Urbanism Director Brenda Scott-Henry gave an overview of the Sheraton demolition timeline. The project remains on track with official demolition slated to begin July 26.

Source: City of Gary

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