South Shore Neighborhood Development Corporation

Residents, community-based organizations, and small business owners are critical to increasing opportunities, especially in neighborhoods where development can be slow or harder to attract. The South Shore Neighborhood Development Corporation (SSNDC) will focus on rebuilding areas of Lake County, Indiana, to increase economic opportunity and mobility for residents. The SSNDC aims to engage residents in community problem solving, with neighbors, employers, public and private institutions making decisions together about investments in their block, town or region.

Lake County Eats Local

Lake County Eats Local (LCEL) is a program of the South Shore Neighborhood Development Corporation, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Promotional Program. Through land-based and “On-the-Go” farmers markets, LCEL aims to make fresh food more affordable and accessible to residents in East Chicago and Gary.

Legacy Foundation is collaborating with Purdue University Cooperative Extension of Lake County, the NWI Food Council, the City of Gary’s Department of Green Urbanism and Environmental Affairs, the City of East Chicago’s Departments of Parks and Recreation and Planning and Development.

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Moving Neighborhoods toward Greater Success

After working closely with five Lake County neighborhoods, Legacy Foundation, with input from community partners, determined that a county-wide community development corporation could help deepen resident engagement and move neighborhoods toward greater success in implementing plans. Initially, the South Shore Neighborhood Development Corporation will focus on the four Neighborhood Spotlight communities of Gary-Emerson, Gary-Miller, Griffith, and northwest Hobart, and the University Park area where Indiana University Northwest and Ivy Tech Gary are located.

We’re working with Thomas P. Miller and Associates to develop a 3-5 year strategic plan. TPMA assists clients all over the country to move the needle toward progress in the areas of education and workforce development, community impact, and economic development.

We’re here to help. Contact us with your questions.

Mike Citro

Community Development Director

We’re here to help. Contact us with your questions.

Donna Catalano

Community Development Director

Marie Pittman

Program Coordinator