Bo Kemp, senior director for FaegreBD Consulting, has a vision for the revitalization of Gary, Indiana’s downtown business district. On March 2, Kemp, who serves as director of the city’s Economic Development Corp., highlighted core initiatives to attract both visitors and new residents in a March 2 meeting with the city Redevelopment Commission that was chronicled in the Chicago Tribune. Among those priorities? New dining attractions.
“We need to develop a food corridor,” Kemp said, adding that city officials have had discussions with Majestic Star casinos about developing a downtown restaurant that would be affiliated with casino restaurants.
Kemp also sees cultural attractions as a means of driving tourism to Gary, pointing to the city’s talks with the Confucius Center—a non-profit Chinese cultural organization—about bringing a dance troupe to Gary this year as a step in the right direction.
In addition, Kemp touted the need for the continued development of downtown office space and streamlining the commute from Gary to Chicago as top priorities.
“[Reduced commute time] could turn all of Northwest Indiana into the Chicago suburbs,” Kemp said.