Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) will continue to receive state
funding, under House Enrolled Act 1398, co-authored by State Rep. Ed Soliday
and signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence.
“The RDA was
created by the General Assembly in 2005 to spark economic development in
Northwest Indiana,” according to a statement released by the Indiana House
on Thursday. Over the years RDA-funded projects “have strengthened the
infrastructure in the area but the responsibilities of the RDA have become
indistinct.” HEA 1398, accordingly provides for specific projects the RDA is
able to plan, pending approval by the state’s Budget Committee.
“The RDA is focused
on redeveloping Northwest Indiana and creating a more financially stable
environment,” Soliday said in a statement released on Thursday by the
Indiana House. “They have some of the best methods for connecting residents
in our area to good jobs, so more Hoosiers are able to support their
families and contribute to the business climate of Northwest Indiana.
However, the RDA needs guaranteed resources in order to continue their
plans, and I was proud to work towards that goal this session.”
“This is a
necessary measure which would ensure that the RDA remains accountable and
credible to taxpayers,” said Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville, who
co-authored the legislation. “By refocusing the responsibilities of the RDA
to regional transportation, infrastructure projects and implementing the
Marquette Plan, the duties for the RDA will be clear-cut, giving
infrastructure projects in the area stability.”
HEA 1398 also
requires members of the RDA Board of Directors to be senior officers with
financial experience, increasing “accountability for Hoosiers.”
HEA 1398 went into
effect July 1.