The Economic Vitality Tool was designed to help identify opportunities for new land and business development in the city. This includes potentially available land, infrastructure, and existing businesses that play an important role in new development. Heat maps of the city identify concentrations of different factors for new development. Properties are ranked on a scale of 0 - 100 on various factors to help guide new development.
The Conservation Index
The Conservation Index identifies both existing conservation land, and land that could be converted into conservation land, based on distance (within 150 feet of existing conservation land), public ownership or tax delinquent status, and planned restoration areas.
The Recreation & Beautification Index
The Recreation & Beautification Index identifies the best opportunities for pocket parks, community gardens, rain gardens, and Vacant-to-Vibrant sites, based on distance (a half mile walk) to population centers, proximity to businesses, recreation areas, block clubs, and existence of publicly-owned or tax delinquent properties.
The Stormwater Index
The Stormwater Index identifies the best opportunities to reduce flooding and polluted runoff in Gary through green infrastructure. This is based on proximity (a block’s length) between publicly owned or tax delinquent properties, and areas of high flooding, permeable surfaces, and soil drainage.
Map layers are ordered based on the order they are enabled. To bring a map layer to the top of others, uncheck and recheck the box next to the layer.