For Immediate Release
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September 5,  2000
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Roxane M. Geraci at (219) 980-6686
Indiana University Northwest
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IU Northwest Receives a $399,973 Grant to Develop Neighborhood

Indiana University Northwest is oneof only 24 universities and colleges nationwide to receive a CommunityOutreach Partnership Centers (COPC) New Grant. Awarded $399,973, IU Northwestand partners, Ivy Tech College,the City of Gary,the Gary Community SchoolsCorporation, LaCasa,Edgewater Systems for BalancedLiving, Metro Corps of Gary, and neighborhood residents will work togetherto help revitalize the neighborhood along the corridor that runs along35th St. from Broadway to Martin Luther King Dr. The area comprises 10blocks with approximately 8,000 residents. 

According to IU Northwest’s Dan Lowery, project director, some of theactivities the community partners will undertake include: (1) Making FranklinSchool an anchor for the neighborhood and implement programs to offer acommunity-learning center there. (2) Implement changes in environmentaldesign such as space, lighting and landscaping.  (3) Create new businessesand help improve existing ones. (4) Develop and maintain community parks.(5) Place community services, community policing and city government liaisonsin the neighborhood.

“This is a wonderful way for IU Northwest to participate with the communityin Gary’s continuing revitalization,” says Lowery.

The IU Northwest COPC grant is part of $7.5 million in awards givento higher education institutions as recently announced by Housing and UrbanDevelopment (HUD) Secretary, Andrew Cuomo.The grant is to be used to help create stronger, healthier neighborhoodsnear their campuses. HUD’s Office of University Partnerships (OUP) administersthe COPC Partnership Centers Program. OUP is a catalyst for joining togetheruniversities and their communities to help strengthen the economic andsocial infrastructure of the neighborhood. Ball State is the only otherinstitution of higher education in the state receiving a portion of thegrant award.

More information on the grant is with Loweryat 219-981-5629.

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