Three members are appointed annually by the mayor. Two of the five voting Commission members are appointed by and from the City Council, and one non-voting member is appointed by the mayor from the school board.
Members of the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission
Rob Thorgen, President
Tim Bucher, Representing Schools
Trish Sarkisian, Vice President
Patrick Lyp, Legal Counsel
Ethan Lowe, Secretary
Brandon Dickinson, Executive Director
George Douglas, City Council Member
Evan Costas, City Council Member
This department utilizes the City Redevelopment Plans to develop various projects aimed at redevelopment in the City. A six member commission has authority to expend tax increment funds (TIF) for approved projects. The Executive Director coordinates the planning process between the Commission and various City Staff and is responsible for developing a budget for approved projects. The Executive Director works with the Mayor to seek grant funding for a project when appropriate.
Ordinance No. 23, 1993 - An ordinance to establish a Department of Redevelopment pursuant to IC 36-7-14.Passed November 22, 1993