Reinvest in Gary
Gary's Comprehensive Plan Update 2018-2019
Appreciating Our Past ~ Investing In Our Future
Gary Comp Plan 2019
After 19 months of public meetings, focus groups, data collection and information gathering, the City of Gary Comprehensive plan is completed.
Our findings are now available online here.
Where We Are In The Process of Planning
In The News
April 15, 2019
Massive gambling bill sails through Indiana House
Indianapolis Business Journal
A massive gambling bill passed another major hurdle Monday in the Indiana General Assembly.
The Indiana House voted 78-15 to approve Senate Bill 552, which would legalize sports wagering, permit a Gary casino to relocate from Lake Michigan to a more convenient interstate location and allow a new casino in Terre Haute. The bill returns to the Senate, where more amendments are expected before final passage.
Spectacle Entertainment—which recently acquired Gary casinos Majestic Star I and Majestic Star II—would have to pay a $50 million fee if it chooses to move forward with plans to close the existing riverboats and instead open a casino at an interstate location in the city.
The new casino would be allowed to have 2,764 gaming positions, which is significantly more than the 1,684 positions now at the two Gary casinos combined.
March 18, 2019
Gary wants to begin work to turn Miller section into tourist attraction
ary municipal officials for years have talked about bringing development to the city’s Miller section that would include boutique hotels or luxury restaurants.
But while much of the talk has never gone farther than that, city officials on Thursday held a public forum intended to let people know that serious work toward creating such a development will begin in 2019 – and will progress throughout the next few years.
February 26, 2019
Senate approves plans for Gary casino move, Buffington Harbor development
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday to reshape the state's gaming industry and redevelop Gary's Buffington Harbor into an intermodal transportation and warehousing hub.
Senate Bill 552, which passed 38-11, permits Gary's Majestic Star casinos to relocate to a new land-based site, likely adjacent to the Borman Expressway, and allows the second Gary gaming license to be used to open a new casino in Terre Haute.
February 22, 2019
Gary mayor details ‘recovery plan’ in State of the City
"Now in her seventh year as mayor, Karen Freeman-Wilson delivered her annual State of the City address with a promise she can get Gary back on track and balance the budget by 2021."
January 17, 2019
Gary betting on Sen. Melton’s bill to set up revenue stream for city if state allows sale of riverboat license
"The bill, authored by state Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, sets up a revenue stream for the city, if the state permits the sale and relocation of Gary’s second riverboat license. It requires that site to be at least 100 miles from Gary."
January 10, 2019
Gary is On The Right Track-
When four former Gary mayors met on Wednesday (January 9) at Indiana University Northwest, history was made. They were joined by the current Mayor, Karen Freeman-Wilson, who moderated the panel discussion.
The four living mayors having served more than 50 years collectively, were: Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher, 85 years old, who was elected as the first Black mayor of a major city in 1967. Hatcher served the longest, from 1968 and ending his service as mayor in 1987; Mayor Thomas V. Barnes, 82, served from 1988 to 1995; Scott King’s tenure was from 1996 to 2006, who is now 67 years old; and Dozier Allen, Jr., 88, who served the shortest term of 16 days in 2006 after King resigned before his term was completed. (See Full Article Here)
January 7, 2019
Gary Amazon Facility Has Hired Hundreds
Inside Indiana Business
"Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) says it has hired 500 employees at the Gary delivery station it opened last month.Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the hires have ranged from seasonal delivery associates to full-time assistant managers and station operations managers."