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The Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative, first announced in July 2011, seeks to strengthen neighborhoods, towns, cities, and regions around the country by enhancing the capacity of local governments to develop and execute their economic vision and strategies, providing necessary technical assistance and access to federal agency expertise, and creating new public and private sector partnerships.
Gary, Indiana, was designated an SC2 community in 2014. In support of phase 1 of the city’s SC2 development plan, EDA awarded $3 million to the city of Gary to construct critical road infrastructure to facilitate routing for commercial and light industrial transportation to the area’s interstate, rail, and air distribution network. In addition, moving truck access will also facilitate the future development of the Gary/Chicago International Airport. Once completed, the improved access will greatly enhance the safety and efficiency for motorists and trucking operations, and will greatly improve the access and interconnectivity between established industries and the interstate highway system, as well as enable future development. The City estimates that this project will create 2,580 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $143 million in private investment.