Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

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Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson came into the "Regionally Speaking" studio on Monday to talk about the impact that "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen" in downtown Gary and all of the other projects using funding from the John S. and James L. Knight and Bloomberg Foundations have on the Steel City. 

She talks first about the collaborative effort to get "ArtHouse" started.

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Today: Anthony Swinger of the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor talks about NIPSCO's request for an increase in its basic natural gas rate and of the January 3rd field hearing by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, as the commissioners review the case and take public comment.  The field hearing will be held at Merrillville High School.

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GARY - The city of Gary's proposal to Amazon to locate its second U.S. headquarters in its city is en-route to the company.  Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson on Wednesday unveiled the box containing the city's proposal to Amazon.  Freeman-Wilson formally thanked the Gary Common Council, the Amazon working group and a gave a special thank you to Economic Development Specialist Mike Citro  for getting it done. 

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Today:  It's Reporters Roundtable Thursday, the day we turn to our colleagues from northwest Indiana media to talk about the stories they worked on for their employers online and in print.  This week, we have two "Times of Northwest Indiana" writers -- education reporter Carmen McCollum and business reporter Joseph Pete.  We also hear from Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson.

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GARY - The city of Gary is vying to get the new Amazon headquarters to locate there.  Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson told Lakeshore Public Radio on Monday the city is reaching out to try to make it happen.

"We had an open letter in the New York Times today to Jeff Bezos from Amazon, citing our interest in the new Amazon headquarters."

Freeman-Wilson said Amazon released an RFP (request for proposal) a couple of weeks ago indicating that the company is looking for new headquarters in the U.S.  She believes the city put out a good pitch for Gary and all of the Region.

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GARY - The city of Gary could gain anywhere from one to five million dollars in the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2017 Mayor's Challenge.  Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says this is not a typical grant.

"Mayor Bloomberg and his philanthropy have put approximately 10-million dollars on the street to help cities solve intractable problems and it's entitled the Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge."

Indiana Economic Digest

Today:  It's Reporters Roundtable on "Regionally Speaking," when we ask reporters in northwest Indiana media to talk about their stories they researched and wrote for their online and print publications.  This edition features "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Giles Bruce and Sarah Reese, Greg Tejeda from the "Post-Tribune" and Jon Gard of the LaPorte "Herald-Argus" and Michigan City "News-Dispatch."