May 30, 2013, News Release from the City of Gary
GARY, Ind. – Earlier today, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and 4th District Councilwoman Carolyn Rogers announced the launch of the Neighborhood Revitalization Project, an initiative that has taken shape with the help of University of Chicago graduate students, the City of Gary department heads, the Gary Common Council and community volunteers.
“Since we announced our partnership with Mayor Daley and the University of Chicago last fall, a lot of work has taken place between the students and our administration,” said Freeman-Wilson. “Today’s project launch represents the fruit of their labor and it’s only the beginning.”
The packed room of community volunteers and city employees applauded as details were shared about the June 1 clean-up event in Gary’s Marshalltown neighborhood. The ultimate goal is for this pilot program to be duplicated in neighborhoods across the city.
The Initiative first identifies high-need Gary neighborhoods with an active group of residents before embarking on the following process:
-City officials identify and meet with community leaders (faith leaders, school administrators, block club heads, etc.) and set short and long-term goals.
-Community-wide meeting held to inform residents and solicit suggestions for goals.
-Residential outreach conducted to further gauge community need and recruit support.
-Community kick-off event held to launch revitalization efforts.
-City of Gary targets services at the relevant neighborhood during the next month.
-A follow-up community event is held to report on progress.
-Ongoing responsibilities for sustaining revitalization efforts are delegated.
OVERVIEW OF CITY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
Short-term: Dumpsite removals, trash and debris pickups, abandoned building identification and board-ups, targeted beautification activities, information and resource provision for residents
Long-term: Increased levels of community engagement, increased community capacity to sustain pilot phase services, increased ability of residents to identify, prioritize and initiate new projects in collaboration with the City of Gary, more efficient and effective service provision by City departments.
As the first stage in implementing the Neighborhood Revitalization Project citywide, the pilot phase in Marshalltown Terrace is vital in establishing a template that can be replicated in additional Gary neighborhoods while allowing for the flexibility to adapt to different community needs and capacities.
Lessons learned from this pilot phase will be incorporated and applied to additional neighborhoods as the plan is rolled out across the City of Gary over time.
311 Program gets phone line…
Mayor Freeman-Wilson also announced that the City of Gary 311 citizen’s responder program has expanded to have a phone line that citizens can call which is (219) 881-1311.
“We recognize that not everyone has or prefers to use a computer or smartphone to get their concerns and complaints registered, so we want to have ways in place for everyone to communicate with this administration,” said Freeman-Wilson.
Residents can also visit gary.in.us to file a complaint online or download the City of Gary 311 app and file claims from their smartphones.
City of Gary’s Mission
To serve the current and future citizens of Gary by providing a safe, clean and working city that continuously improves the quality of life of its residents and establishes Gary as a national model for urban revitalization.
City of Gary’s Vision
The City of Gary will be safe, smart, accessible, prosperous and green. City Hall will provide the citizens of Gary with effective and responsive service while maintaining high ethical standards and fiscal discipline.
Source: City of Gary