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Today:   We talk with Lake County Council president Ted Bilski about the discussions with the county department heads about their 2020 budget proposals, as councilmembers get ready to finalize the budget.  Bilski goes into detail about the fiscal constraints that they face in the next year and how they will make sure that the 2020 budget is balanced.  We also have another edition of "Building Northwest Indiana," supported by the Construction Advancement Foundation. Host Kevin Comerford talks with RDA COO Sherri Ziller.  There is also another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University. And we have details on this year's weekend MBA program offered at Indiana University Northwest.

NIRPC

Today:  Kathy Luther with NIRPC is with us to talk about the coalition of northwest Indiana agencies that will adminster the $600,000 EPA Brownfields Program grant for sites in Gary, East Chicago and Hammond -- and other NWI communties, as needed.  Luther says there are some sites already partially worked on and ready for cleanup or remediation and eventual redevelopment, perhaps as early as this fall.  Indiana University Northwest computer info. systems department head Bhakra Kopparty also tells us about a new masters' degree program in place this fall semester.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Today:   A conversation with Hoosier Environmental Council's Kim Ferraro, the agricultural policy director and chief attorney, about HB1378 that would, if passed into law, close some serious gaps in state environmental law about "factory farm" pollution.  Reps. Tom Saunders and Sue Errington co-sponsor the measure that is up for House Environmental Policy Committee review on February 13th.  Natural Prairie Dairy in Newton County and other similar operations around the state would come under the measure.

Larry Brechner

This coming Friday afternoon, officials from Indiana University will join Gary city officials for the dedication of the newest structure on the IU Northwest campus -- the $45 million Arts & Sciences Building.

Larry Brechner

On Friday, August 25th, Indiana University Northwest will officially open its new $45 million Arts & Sciences Building.

NWI Small Business Center

Today:  a conversation with Lorri Feldt of the Indiana Small Business Development Center in northwest Indiana and Indiana University Northwest economist Micah Pollak about the optimism of small businesses in the early months of the new administration in Washington, and if northwest Indiana small businesses are expressing any optimistic views.