April 17, 2019
The City of Portage is basking in the spotlight with the recent federal designation of the 15,000-acre Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which stretches 15 miles along Lake Michigan, as a national park. The provision made the Indiana Dunes the 61st national park in the U.S. and the first in Indiana. From the city’s point of view, the designation offers a great deal of opportunity when it comes to economic growth, culture and tourism.
April 12, 2019
Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) under the National Park Service has awarded two grants in Northwest Indiana. First, a $200,000 grant award will support renovations at Imagination Glen Park in the City of Portage. Specifically, the grant award will support efforts to remodel the concession building and restrooms, and add an open-air shelter to the building. The grant award will also replace fencing at the existing ballfields, replace lighting fixtures, develop a multi-use trail connecting park facilities, and add benches and tables.
April 8, 2019
Tourism officials say they aren’t sure what the economic impact will be from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s recent designation as the state’s first national park, but they are confident it will be significant. “It puts us in a very elite group,” said Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer, who adds the Dunes is already the state's top tourist attraction. "We have 3.6 million visitors annually, so when you look at all the national parks, we’re right under Yellowstone, we’re 7th in the nation just in recreational visits."
March 28, 2019
Steel executives and the United Steelworkers union leader testified at the Congressional Steel Caucus hearing in Washington D.C. Wednesday that the long-struggling industry has been recovering, largely as a result of tariffs. "I’m here today to say that the state of America’s steel industry is in a recovery," USW International President Leo Gerard told members of Congress. "We should be proud of the workers who over the past decades have demanded action by their government, and who produce the steel every day. They are the real heroes in this story."
March 27, 2019
A congressional committee led by Rep. Pete Visclosky is not pleased with $1 billion in defense funds being moved to pay for a southern border wall. Visclosky, D-Gary, chairman of the House’s Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, on Tuesday told the Department of Defense, it did not approve a transfer $1 billion from other programs to pay for a wall on the United States’ southern border. While the Department of Defense is moving forward with moving those funds, Visclosky said bucking of precedent will be remembered.