Economic Development Corp. Michigan City celebrates 25 years with a gala • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

This is a rendering of a $150 million mixed-use development on West Michigan Boulevard near the Michigan City government building. (Rendering submitted)

The multi-million dollar transformational development projects for downtown Michigan City, sparked by investments to significantly improve passenger rail service throughout the region, are cause for celebration.

The Economic Development Corp. Michigan City has guided many citywide developments over the past 25 years and will celebrate those accomplishments on July 25 with a Silver Anniversary Gala. The black tie event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Stardust Event Center at the Blue Chip Hotel & Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive.

The event will include awards recognizing companies and business leaders who have helped move Michigan City forward.

Clarence Hulse, executive director of EDCMC, said a special logo had been created for the organisation’s 25th anniversary. The logo incorporates the words prosperity, innovation, growth, synergy and investment.

“The five concepts are really at the heart of what we do here at EDCMC,” said Hulse. “While we’re the starting point for site scouts and startups, we go beyond initial conversations and contact by offering support along the way.”

Hulse said innovation and synergy of private, non-profit and government agencies are key to sustaining growth and prosperity and attracting investment to the region.

EDCMC recognizes that partnerships are essential. Hulse said results are achieved by working together.

“We had the opportunity to bring people and agencies together at all levels to get things done,” he said. “Our core work for a long-term strategy is based on four principles: workforce development and talent attraction, economic modernization, place-making, and aggressive storytelling.”

Hulse said the Double Track NWI project and recent downtown development announcements are signs Michigan City is moving in the right direction.

“The mixed-use development on Central 11th Street includes a new station for the South Shore line, luxury residential apartments, retail space and parking,” Hulse said. “This is the most impactful development in decades that we have the opportunity to use as a platform for even more growth.”

This rendering shows Burn ‘Em Brewing’s new location at 1215 E. 2nd St. in Michigan City. (Rendering submitted)

The Double Track project is expected to reduce travel time from Michigan City to Chicago from 1 hour 41 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes, he said.

“With the expansion of Burn ’em Brewing and additional residential and commercial developments planned, we see additional quality of life elements that go hand in hand with everything we already have in place to create a community we can all love. and enjoy. for years to come,” Hulse said.

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