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Today:   We revisit our conversation with Carolyn Saxton of the Legacy Foundation about the initiative that  the Lake County community foundation established with the Knight Foundation, Indiana Black Expo, and the cities of Gary and East Chicago to help small businesses in both cities stay open during the coronavirus pandemic.  The application deadline for the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund ends during the month of October,  We have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, and Habitat for Humanity Northwest Indiana executive director Dawn Michaels tells us the latest house under construction in Gary's "Field of Dreams" neighborhood, in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Adams and Washington Streets, which will give another family an affordable place to live sometime early next year. The owner of Majestic Star Casino, Spectacle Entertainment, is partnering with HFH on this project.  Reporter Michael Puente also spoke to several Latin-x supporters of President Donald Trump, and he offers us that conversation.

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on a former Portage union leader sentenced to 42 months in prison for his role in an assault on a group of non-union ironworkers, Governor Eric Holcomb announced earlier this week he’s giving the green light to move to Phase 5 of his ‘Back on Track’ plan and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Legacy Foundation President Carolyn Saxton. The Legacy Foundation and Indiana  Black Expo are offering COVID-19 relief grants to small-business owners in Gary and East Chicago... All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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Today:  Legacy Foundation president Carolyn Saxton talks about the cooperative initiative between the Lake County community foundation, the Knight Foundation, Indiana Black Expo and the cities of Gary and East Chicago to set up the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund.  It's been designed to provide one-time grants to applicants that are minority-owned and operated businesses in both cities. Applications are being accepted now, with grants to be issued in October.  Indiana Public Broadcasting's Ella Abbott has the first of a two-part report on what are called "Sundown Towns," and the curator of the Samara House in West Lafayette, Linda Eales, joins us to tell us more about the 64-year-old landmark home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the recent $1 million grant from Indiana Landmarks to help restore it to its original condition.


Grace Beyond Borders is a non-profit organization located in East Chicago that provides resources and services to the homeless and those impacted by drug addiction. They were recently awarded a grant of $4,000, courtesy of the Legacy Foundation and Foundations of East Chicago to be used to fund a meal bag program for the homeless and food insecure. “Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte recently spoke with Marcus Martin the founder of the organization about the mission of the organization and the work it is doing to help end homelessness in northwest Indiana.

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Today:  Sarah Ferraro and Terri Weems of the League of Women Voters of the Calumet Area, and Maranda Fishback with RISE NWI and the Legacy Foundation's community engagement coordinator, are in the studio to talk about the "" project and its local link for Lake County voters to get election-related information.   It is a way for voters to be educated before they head to the polls on Election Day next month, and is a platform for candidates to use with their constituents.  Later in the program, we talk with Matt Moss, Vice President of F. H. Paschen, which is joining with Ragnar Benson on its joint-venture proposal for the South Shore Line's West Lake Corridor Project.  He explains how the two companies which have worked on many projects in the region are working together on this one, and about an outreach effort in Dyer on Thursday afternoon.

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Goodwill LEADS, a non-profit affiliated with Goodwill Industries of Michiana, has received a $25-thousand dollar grant to offer training in Hammond and Gary for entry level IT certifications.

The grant came from Lake County’s Legacy Foundation for The Excel Centers.  

The donation enables the Excel Center to offer training in entry-level IT certifications, such as: CompTIA IT Fundamentals and CIW Social Media Strategist.