in Indiana’s Duneland in the Chicago metropolitan area

6100 Southport Road

Portage, Indiana 46368

(219) 763-6060



The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is a regional council of governments serving the citizens of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties in Northwest Indiana (NWI). It is organized under the provisions of Indiana Code 36-7-7.6. NIRPC is also the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for these three counties as required under 23 U.S. Code § 134 - Metropolitan transportation planning. In its role as both the COG and MPO, NIRPC provides a forum for regional decision-making for issues relating to transportation, the environment and economic development.


NWI includes the three Indiana counties along the south shore of Lake Michigan. These are: Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties. The region is part of the Chicago/Gary combined statistical area (CSA). Much of NWI is closer to downtown Chicago than the suburbs in Illinois. There are excellent post-secondary educational opportunities in NWI, including: Valparaiso University, Purdue University Northwest, Indiana University Northwest and Ivy Tech Community College. Notre Dame University is located just a few miles to the east of NWI. With miles of public beaches along Lake Michigan, including the newest National Park in the US: Indiana Dunes National Park, recreational activities are fantastic.


The position will remain open until filled in order to find the candidate with the best fit among professional qualifications, experience, and suitability to NIRPC’s mission.

Wondering about Northwest Indiana?

Called “the Affordable Shore” by the Chicago Tribune, Northwest Indiana combines an innovative spirit, beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, and proximity to Chicago and its amenities with commuter rail access that is undergoing major expansion and service enhancements.

Northwest Indiana’s 41 communities each have their own unique character, providing everything from vibrant downtown restaurant scenes to growing arts districts to simple, small-town charm.

These communities provide Northwest Indiana with a rich but affordable quality of life, helped by a state constitution property tax cap, lower taxes than our Illinois neighbors, and lower housing costs overall within similar or better proximity to Chicago’s loop than many Illinois suburbs.

The Indiana Dunes National Park and coastal environs provide exceptional beaches, dunescapes, paddling opportunities, and access to over 150 miles of paved trails linking greenways, parks, and other recreational amenities throughout the region.