Lake County Community Development Corporation
Residents, community based organizations, and small business owners are critical to increasing opportunities, especially in older and disadvantaged neighborhoods where development is slow or less attractive. The Lake County Community Development Corporation (CDC) will focus on rebuilding vulnerable, undervalued, and transitional neighborhoods in Lake County, Indiana. The CDC aims to engage residents in community problem solving – that means neighbors, employers, public and private institutions making decisions about and investments in their block, town or region. We believe this will increase economic opportunity and mobility for residents across Lake County.
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 CDC 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.
Bushra H. Rehman
Community Development Director
Bushra has approximately 20 years of management experience within the non-profit, academic, and for-profit sectors. She holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Michigan, Rackham School of Education and a bachelor’s of arts from Adrian College.
Bushra is leading the establishment of the new Lake County Community Development Corporation. Under her leadership, the LCCDC will focus on areas of need in the Northwest Indiana region. Bushra also has managed multi-million dollar federal programs and start-up non-profit research oriented associations.
Bushra’s expertise is in leadership, financial management, project and portfolio management, grant program management, strategic programming, compliance, and efficient operations management.
Support for the Lake County Community Development Corporation is provided by JPMorgan Chase Foundation.