Regionally Speaking, Monday, November 20, 2017

Nov 20, 2017

"The Little Calumet River is a perfect urban river with an interesting blend of industry and scenic woods"
Credit Traveling Ted blogsite

Today:   We learn more about the next initiative of the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University:  the Chorus of Voices and what co-creator Professor Allison Schuette calls "Flight Paths: Mapping Our Changing Neighborhoods."  It is a multi-year project that will bring together the voices, especially Gary residents' voices, as they talk about why their families either stayed in or left Gary and led to the area's deurbanization.

A little later, we have Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson and her conversation with Gary resident and cancer survivor Billy Foster -- and how he ended up on the Jumbotron in Times Square this past month.

Portage Fire Chief Tom Pfeiffer talks about the first-ever Fire Service Leadership Seminar on December 9th in Valparaiso -- a major training exercise for leaders of fire departments across the Region. 

And we asked ArcelorMittal executive Marcy Twete today about the steelmaking giant's involvement in the "Chi-Cal Rivers Fund" -- a public-private partnership that just handed out five grants totalling $960,000 to improve the local habitat, stormwater management and greenspace in the northwest Indiana and Chicago region.  Some of the improvement projects include continued work on the Little Calumet River.  This fifth round of grants will generate $1.46 million in matching contributions.