Richard Gordon Hatcher became the first African-American Mayor of Gary, Indiana on January 1, 1968. Not only was he the first African-American Mayor of Gary, but he was the first African-American Mayor of any U.S. metropolitan city and the first African-American mayor in all of Indiana.

Gary has been a progressive and forward thinking community for many years and its leaders continue to work to make Gary a great place to live.

Economic Growth

Gary has been working hard to create more jobs for its citizens, which you can see with the projects of extending the airports runway, developing lakefront properties, and working to sell empty homes to those who can fix them up. Gary was also selected to become part of the strong cities, strong communities initiative. This program will help Gary, “strengthen the middle class, create jobs, and build ladders of opportunity” by providing technical advice and expertise from federal inter-agency teams.

Making Sure Each Citizen is Heard

While city officials are helping Gary progress and move forward, they are aware of the community members. Gary 311 is a program that allows community members to quickly and efficiently address concerns they have within the area. By listening to and addressing these concerns, officials hope to have better insight into people’s needs. This allows officials to always be progressing to best serve the community.

Making it a Team Effort

Gary officials not only want to hear what community members have to say, but they invite community members to help build the area by becoming a part of the citizens’ police academy. As residents have joined together in the citizens’ police academy, they have not only helped make Gary a safer city but they have also gotten to know other locals and feel deeper roots with the community.

Looking back, we can see all the great strides Gary, Indiana made and we know they’ll continue to grow. We expect to learn a lot from this community in years to come.

Written by Hillary Johnston

A proud mother of four, Hillary is passionate about safety education. She holds a degree in Public Health and Disaster Management. Learn more

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