The State of Michigan City (Aim Ideas Summit 2017)- 5:07
with Mayor Ron Meer, City of Michigan City
Posted Oct 30, 2017
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A special production of Comcast Newsmakers from the Accelerate Indiana Municipalities Idea Summit at the Old National Events Center in Evansville, Indiana. The annual summit features local officials from across the state as they visit together in exchange of development ideas, economic success and needs.
This segment highlights the City of Michigan City by Mayor Ron Meer.
Bennett: First, I want to ask you about the South Shore Double Tracking that's coming through Michigan City.
Meer: Well double tracking is a project that affects all of Northwest Indiana but, in particular, Michigan City, Indiana. It will allow the commute from downtown Michigan City to downtown Chicago to reduce from 1 hour, 45 min to 1 hour. Right now, there is a single track without redundancy. For instance, if there is a delay in that line then all the other trains are delayed. A double track will allow trains to pass each other. It's about a 300 million dollar project that affects the entire northwest part of our state. In Michigan City, 125 million dollars will be spent.
Bennett: That is going to be very convenient. How did this all come about?
Meer: It's been a lot of collaboration through four counties in northwest Indiana. Between state and local officials; Governor Holcomb has been great to work with. Across party lines, democrats and republicans have been working together and that mentality has spread up to the national level.
Bennett: I also wanted to ask you about the Michigan City Promise Scholarship, what is that?
Meer: We're doing a lot of things to redevelop our city, to stabilize and grow the population. The Michgian City Promise Scholarship was developed a year and a half ago and this year 33 students received $5,000.00 per year for 4 years of higher learning in Indiana. We believe that brings a redevelopment and economic value from the value of a home.
Bennett: This is a big deal for your city and the state.
Meer: It is simialar to the Hammond Bound system and a Kalamazoo plan. The students are real enthusiastic about it and we're happy with this first year.