In early 2017, the former ANCO windshield wiper manufacturing site on the south side of the city was purchased by the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission for the purpose of creating a new transit center and expanded parking for the ChicaGO Dash commuter bus service. Before the Commission purchased this property, the site was underused due to various environmental challenges that financially discouraged private sector investment. As part of this redevelopment project, the Commission is mitigating environmental challenges, completing public improvements, constructing a transit center, and selling remaining buildings to developments consistent with redevelopment goals.
The Commission received a grant from the Regional Development Authority to help fund the project. By providing a new transit center and parking lot, the Commission hopes to increase ridership on ChicaGO DASH buses and add to quality of life in Valparaiso. You can view a presentation regarding ANCO redevelopment plans here. Asurvey report about the DASH program and the accompanying presentation are also available. A picture tour of the ANCO building is available here.
In 2014, it was discovered that a lack of diverse fiber connectivity in Valparaiso kept local businesses from expanding and made relocation challenging for businesses with high bandwidth requirements. Based on this discovery, the City of Valparaiso decided to invest in the installation of a vendor-neutral, dark fiber infrastructure through the construction of ValpoNet. Installation of this dark fiber network will provide ample cost effective fiber connectivity throughout Valparaiso. By providing high speed, secure connections for local businesses, the Redevelopment Commission hopes to attract more businesses to the area, and retain businesses with growing connectivity needs. To discover more about this project, you can visit the ValpoNet website here. The ValpoNet network went live on May 14, 2018. Contact: Patrick Lyp
Education Challenge Grants
In 2011, the RDC began issuing Education Challenge Grants to the Valparaiso School Corporation and East Porter School Corporation. The purpose of these grants is to reimburse the schools’ expenditures on capital purchases that enhance student’s problem solving, collaboration and analytical skills. Historically, grant funds have been used to purchase Chromebooks, iPads, lab equipment, makers space materials, and other technology-based, collaborative materials that will give students an edge in the global economy. In 2012 the program won the Local Government Cooperation Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. The most recent policy statement can be found here.