(Michigan City, IN) - It’s possible the increase in gun violence in Michigan City could cause some bleeding to the local economy. Clarence Hulse, Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City, said he hears the concerns whenever there’s a shooting or some other issue involving crime.
He said an increase in crime can make the job of bringing in more visitors and jobs more difficult but police locally are doing their part to get a handle on the current gun violence situation. “We’ve seen an increase in shootings but also there’s been an increase in law enforcement stopping people with guns,” he said.
A lot of the gunfire and shootings have occurred on the north side where new upscale housing efforts are focused. Hulse said he does not believe the problems that have been occurring will be a deal breaker for developers interested in that area of the city because of the proven efforts of the police department and uptick in gun violence being throughout the region and nationwide.
Police in Michigan City recently created a special task force to help try and reduce the uptick in gun violence.