Digital Crossroads of America data center in Hammond

Indiana General Assembly webpage

Today:  We begin our series of conversations with northwest Indiana state legislators with Democratic state Representative Lisa Beck.  This is the Lake County lawmaker's first General Assembly session, having taken over for Republican Julie Olthoff.  She talks about her impression of the Statehouse, the bills she sponsored and how they've fared, and her look at the two-year state budget that she and her colleagues will vote on this month.  We also talk with Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra conductor Kirk Muspratt about May 17th's Pops concert that is just "out of this world."

Building Indiana website

Today:  We have a conversation with David Hood, the managing director of operations for the Digital Crossroads at Lake Michigan data center currently under construction in Hammond.  He brings 24 years of experience in telecommunications, including broadband, and data center management to the project.  The new facility is part of a multi-million dollar project on the former State Line Generating Plant site that will also include a digital business incubator.   We have more conversations from the Welcome Center at Valparaiso University, and chemistry professor Julie Peller talks about Saturd

city of Hammond website

Today:   an at-length conversation with Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr.  He talks about the latest developments on bills moving through the General Assembly that affect his city, its businesses and residents.  That includes tax incentives to create the Digital Crossroads of America data center on Hammond's lakefront and how the Gary economic development and casino license changes will affect Hammond's and other communities' own casinos.  Mayor McDermott also talks about ongoing discussions to create a regional convention center and how the end of property tax caps will affect the city of H