House Appropriations Committee approved their Fiscal Year 2023 measures that include $22,308,000 in investments for economic and environmental projects across Northwest Indiana that were requested by Congressman Frank J. Mrvan. These projects were submitted in coordination with federal, state, and local units of government, nonprofit entities, as well as institutions of higher learning.
“I am grateful for the ability to advocate for the needs of Indiana’s First Congressional District and deliver tangible projects that will have a positive impact for communities across our region,” said Rep. Mrvan. “The inclusion of these projects in the Appropriations Committee is a reflection of my commitment to work to create good-paying jobs, invest in local law enforcement, and improve the quality of life for people in Northwest Indiana.”
Congressman Mrvan’s requests included in the appropriations measures are specified below.
$4,500,000 – Calumet Region
Funding will assist with environmental infrastructure improvements to address critical water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater sewer infrastructure improvements designed to alleviate deteriorated conditions, increase the efficacy of existing systems, and improve water quality impacts.
$2,700,000 – Indiana Shoreline
Funding will be provided to the USACE to assist with the shoreline restoration within the Indiana Dunes National Park near Mount Baldy in Michigan City, and protect this incredible economic asset and environmental resource for Northwest Indiana from erosion.
$922,000 – Burns Waterway Small Boat Harbor
Funding allocated will allow the USACE-Chicago District to address the needs of Burns Waterway Small Boat Harbor in Portage, Indiana and support operations and maintenance. Improvements made will support economic development within the City of Portage driven by its proximity to Lake Michigan and the availability of the harbor.
$1,026,000 – Michigan City Harbor
Funding allocated will allow the USACE-Chicago District to address the needs of Michigan City Harbor and support operations and maintenance. Improvements made will support economic development within the City of Michigan City driven by its proximity to Lake Michigan and the availability of the harbor.
$400,000 – Porter County Sheriff
Funding will assist the Porter County Sheriff’s office in its efforts to invest in equipment upgrades to increase and improve efficiencies in the apprehension of subjects, locate missing persons, and to reduce property crimes.
$215,000 – Whiting Police Department
Funding will assist the Whiting Police Department to obtain license plate readers to assist officers in their ability to protect the community.
$1,000,000 – Gary Police Department
Funding will assist the Gary Police Department to obtain body-worn and in-car cameras to assist officers in their ability to protect the community.
$1,500,000 – St. Catherine Hospital
Funding will assist St. Catherine Hospital pursue its Cardiovascular Catheterization Table Project. The advanced technology elevates the care and image quality the hospital provides for diagnostic and interventional heart and vascular procedures to residents in the community.
$1,000,000 – Valparaiso University School of Nursing
Funding will assist Valparaiso University College of Nursing and Health Professionals upgrade its Skills Lab and Simulation Modernization Project, which supports the effort to create a strong pool of trained medical technologists to serve the region’s health needs while laying the foundation to address the greater health care professional shortage.
$100,000 – United Way of LaPorte County
Funding will allow United Way of Greater LaPorte County to initiate a Youth Mental Health-Substance Abuse Assessment, to better address unmet needs in the community.
$4,000,000 – Gary Chicago International Airport
Funding will assist the Gary Chicago International Airport expand and construct a heavy cargo logistics apron for multiple users.
$2,360,000 – Portage/Central Avenue
Funding will assist the City of Portage to pursue additional phases of its Central Avenue Reconstruction Project.
$750,000 – Fair Haven/Acquisition and Renovation
Funding will assist Fair Haven in its efforts to provide safe and stable housing for adults who are fleeing or attempting to flee from dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking.
$310,000 – Opportunity Enterprises
Funding will assist Opportunity Enterprises to acquire equipment and technology to enhance the quality of services provided through the Lakeside Respite Center, improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.
$1,525,000 – Paladin
Funding will assist Paladin with the rehabilitation and repurposing of its facility, including accessibility alterations, modernization of classrooms to provide appropriate engagement activities to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ADA updates and sensory-friendly spaces to support the community.