Northwest Indiana Progress

Fedder's Alley Dune Restoration BY JULIE MCCLURE – Michigan City News Dispatch – Dec 10, 2012 Michigan City is undertaking a large
New Police Station STAFF REPORTS – Michigan City News Dispatch – Feb 9, 2012 City’s plan for new police station shows good

Mayor Ron Meer

I have a legacy of getting things accomplished when no one else could because I believe in collaborating with others to get the job done. If the residents want someone that is on their side, then I am that person. My history and commitment to this city includes my time as a Michigan City Sanitary District employee, Human Rights Commissioner for 6 years, Michigan City Councilman for 8 years, and Mayor of Michigan City from 2012 through 2019. I believe my combined experience of 35 years will be an asset when collaborating with government officials at all levels, with no delays on day one.

Working Across Party Lines For Northwest Indiana Progress

(NICTD Board Appointee 2019)

For several years, I have played an integral role in making the South Shore commuter rail double track project a reality in our region. My working relationship with the last two Indiana governors was a successful one. In 2019 Governor Eric Holcomb appointed me to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District board of trustees.


I have a strong record of protecting the environment and initiating environmental clean-up projects throughout the region. I believe that protecting Lake Michigan and its tributaries is crucial to the future of Northwest Indiana.

Ron Meer


Through a series of collaborations, I worked to forge strong partnerships to spearhead over a billion dollars in public and private economic development and investment. The progress my administration fulfilled from 2012 to 2020 still benefits Northwest Indiana today.

Green Initiatives:

Bismarck Hill ecological restoration
Dry cleaning contamination cleanup at 11th & Michigan Blvd
Fedder's Alley ecological restoration
NIPSCO shutting down coal generating plant
Singing Sands Trail
Southgate Neighborhood Drainage remediation
Wabash Street Green Infrastructure
US12 Westside Cleanup
Lake Henry flood remediation

Development Progress:

Franciscan Hospital
Blue Chip Expansion
New Police Station
Artspace Development
Pine Street Apartments
North Pointe Pavilion
New Lighthouse Restoration
Zoo Castle Historic Restoration
Airport runway Expansion
Greenhouse Historic Restoration
Uptown Arts District Improvements
Old Lighthouse Historic Restoration
I94-US 421 Bridge Improvements
Wayfinding signage
Old News Dispatch and Police Station cleared

State & Federal Grants:

Façade Improvement Grants
MCAS Technology Grants
Upper story residential loft grants
$1.3 Million Lead Abatement Grant
$488,281 Community Crossing Grant for Streets & Sidewalks
$677,000 SkillUp Grant for Workforce Improvements
$718,468 Safer Grant for 6 new firefighters
$600,000 EPA Brownfield Grant
$37,100 DNR Lake Michigan Program Grant
$340,000 Grant for Airport Layout Plan
$261,000 Block Grant for Pullman Park
$472,819 FAA grant for Airport fencing
$223,809 Technical Education Grant to A.K. Smith Center
$541,250 FAA grant to Airport
$10 Million ArtSpace tax credits from IHCDA
$400,000 ArtSpace IHCDA grant
$650,000 Grant for Cheney Run to Sanitary District
$224,823 Green Infrastructure Grant for Wabash Street
$500,000 EPA Grant for Cheney Run