Friday, March 20, 2015

Gary-Miller Chosen for Neighborhood Spotlight!

What is the Miller Spotlight Project?

Miller was chosen by Legacy Foundation to be one of the first two Northwest Indiana communities to pilot the Neighborhood Spotlight program, which is a new place-based initiative for reinvesting in Lake County. After decades of significant economic decline, many neighborhoods throughout our region are struggling to thrive and sustain their vibrancy. Pockets of hope exist. Miller has been identified as an area of opportunity.

Why has Miller been chosen?
Legacy Foundation stated that our community’s proximity to the lakefront is a notable asset as is the renovation of its Marquette Park and the historic Pavilion.  

Several Gary-Miller structures have historical significance with a number of them on the National Register.
Collaborative bodies are working in the community and include those focused on civic engagement, professional development, philanthropic resources, and safety concerns.

Who is a part of the Miller Spotlight Project?
Neighborhood Spotlight guides a cross-section of community members to work collaboratively and collectively on improving quality of life. Our convening organization, the Miller Beach Art & Creative District, will spearhead the coordination of neighborhood relationships.  Our community builder/ organizer is Jessie Renslow. She can be contacted via Please email her if you’re interested in volunteer opportunities for this project.


What is the next step for the Miller Spotlight Project?
With support from Legacy Foundation staff and consultants, we will organize, decide and act upon projects that can profoundly change Miller’s future.

Before we can decide which projects to pursue, we will coordinate a survey to poll members of our community. By sourcing our information directly from the public we are hoping to identify which grants/ programs might best suit the needs of Miller. We will present our findings at a meeting this fall and then decide what is the best way to proceed.

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