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NIRPC transpo summit snags award

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission has won national recognition for holding the region's largest public transportation forum ever last November.

The National Association of Regional Councils awarded NIRPC its Achievement Award for Medium Metro Regional Councils for promoting excellence through its "Moving Northwest Indiana Forward" transportation summit.

Held Nov. 21 at the Radisson at Star Plaza in Merrillville, the summit attracted more than 600 people who registered their opinions via wireless electronic polling on topics ranging from privatization of the Indiana Toll Road to the future role of the Gary/Chicago International Airport.

The six-hour event was sponsored by The Times, Whiteco Industries, Purdue University, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., NIPSCO and NIRPC. Speakers included INDOT Commissioner Tom Sharp; U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., and Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago President Mary Sue Barrett.

"This was truly a great team effort by all the partner organizations, and the honor should obviously be shared by all," John Swanson, NIRPC executive director, said.

The award was presented earlier this month at the National Association of Regional Councils' annual conference and exhibition in San Antonio.

Only one such award is given in each of three size categories for metropolitan regional councils. Regional councils engage in planning and other activities and aim to create partnerships among local governments.

NIRPC received the award because the transportation summit exemplified regional cooperation, was innovative and original, involved private and civic sectors, and had an impact on the region, according to the awards selection criteria.



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