Selected Community Gary-Miller Neighborhood

Dec 2013

Legacy Foundation hosts press conference to announce Neighborhood Spotlight initiative.

Feb-June 2014

Gary-Miller joins nine other neighborhoods for training sessions to learn about the impact and the process. Miller Beach Arts & Creative District (MBACD) emerges as the top agency.

Sept 2014

Gary-Miller, and five other neighborhoods, submits it's Letter of Interest to apply for Neighborhood Spotlight.

Oct 2014

Legacy Foundation announces Gary-Miller as one of two communities selected. Each neighborhood selected receives $50,000 to hire a Community Builder.

Feb 2015

MBACD hires Jessie Renslow for the Community Builder position. They begin conducting one-on-one resident interviews of those in the spotlight area.

July 2015

Jessie and the Gary-Miller Steering Committee release the Community Quality of Life Conversations Report, detailing the 4,013 comments collected from 203 resident interviews.

July 2015

Attendees of the Visioning Session help construct Gary-Miller’s community vision and sign up to join Action Groups to assess the themes presented in the Report.

About Gary-Miller

Legacy Foundation awarded Gary-Miller’s Convening Organization, Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, a Neighborhood Spotlight distinction. Gary-Miller’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.

Gary-Miller hired a community builder, Jessica Renslow. The Miller Spotlight Steering Committee was then formed to help carry out their community quality of life study. The Miller Spotlight Steering Committee is an eleven-person, all-volunteer group, invested in the Neighborhood Spotlight process. Along with the community builder, they’re working to build relationships with local community groups, businesses, residents, and leaders.

Collaborating Community

Contact Information

Community Builder

Jessie Renslow
Learn more about Jessie

Convening Organization

Miller Beach Arts & Creative District
Marshall J Gardner Center for the Arts
540 S Lake St., Gary, IN

Strengths from the Application

  • Convening Agency works well together and takes initiative to improve community
  • Gary-Miller has an active business association
  • There is a momentum of community improvement as demonstrated by the Marquette Park renovation and current work to improve Lake Street’s economic base
  • The trails and dunes are significant assets to this community
  • Large number of organizations that have been in existence for decades