LEAP Workforce Task Force seeks input on child care needs

La PORTE – The La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership’s Workforce Task Force is seeking public input on child care needs and gaps in La Porte and its surrounding communities.

The task force’s mission is “To fill every position in La Porte”. This task force is made up of LEAP members, community leaders and business owners. Together we connect local employers with community resources to help them not only fill jobs but retain valuable employees.

Over the past two years, this committee has been instrumental in engaging local business leaders and companies to address specific challenges we experience in providing an employable workforce. Through this process we have identified key action items including soft skills for employment, transportation concerns and quality daycare options. We are currently looking for the community’s support in understanding the daycare needs within the La Porte Community and its surrounding area.

The task force asks the public to complete the short survey located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B9XZCKR. The data received will assist the task force in solving one of today’s most critical barriers to employability.


Lakeshore flood watch, small craft advisory issued

La PORTE COUNTY — The National Weather Service in Northern Indiana has issued Lakeshore Flood Watch for La Porte County and Berrien County, Michigan, lasting through Monday afternoon. High water levels, combined with strong northwest winds of 20-30 mph may lead to beach erosion and minor lakeshore flooding, according to the weather service.

Beach erosion and minor property damage is also possible. Piers and jetties will be susceptible to damage due to high waves which will wash over them. Residents on or near the shore should take action to protect property and listen for later statements or warnings, the weather service said.

The weather service has also issued a Small Craft Advisory for Lake Michigan from Michigan CIty to New Buffalo, Michigan, from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CDT) Monday. Winds on the lake will be from the northwest at 15-25 knots Monday, with gusts up to 30 knots, causing waves of 3-5 feet. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid going out onto the lake, the weather service said.


South Shore gets $2.8M federal safety grant

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Todd Young has announced that the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad will receive a $2.83 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to revitalize rail infrastructure between Michigan City and South Bend.

“As the Crossroads of America, it is critical to have a reliable rail network in Indiana for continued investments,” Young said. “The Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad is a vital economic corridor for Northern Indiana. Federal investment in this critical rail corridor will improve rail safety and support continued economic growth in this important Hoosier manufacturing region.”

“These investments in intercity passenger and freight rail will benefit surrounding communities, make grade crossings safer and improve service reliability,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.


ISP hiring Toll Road dispatchers

BRISTOL — The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for a regional dispatcher position at the Toll Road Post in Bristol.

The dispatch center covers the length of the Toll Road and the Bremen District. Primary responsibilities of a dispatcher are to receive, record and accurately dispatch information to police personnel, other law enforcement agencies and support services through a Computer Aided Dispatch System, Records Management System, Automatic Vehicle Locator, Geographic Information System and other resources.

A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required, as well as the ability to be seated in a confined area for extended periods of time. Two years of public safety communications experience are preferred. Pay starts at $30,082 per year, and benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement plans and accrued time off. The deadline for applications is June 21.

For more information or to apply, visit in.gov/isp/3627.htm (Indiana State Police-Career Opportunities-Civilian Opportunities). For questions, contact Brandon Lowe, personnel officer, at blowe@isp.in.gov or (317) 232-8238.


NICTD board to meet June 24

CHESTERTON — The newly revamped NICTD Board of Trustees will hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. June 24 at the NICTD Offices at Dune Park Station, 33 E. U.S. 12 in Chesterton. The meeting is open to the public.

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