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The Kokomo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) saw the largest increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the Great Lakes Region, according to a new report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

The Kokomo MSA experienced a upswing from -1.3 in 2014 to 3.0 in 2015, representing a 4.3 percentage point improvement. The BEA attributes the increase to growth in durable goods manufacturing.

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On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 the City of Kokomo again experienced extensive damage and devastation as tornadoes touched down in our community.  Thankfully there was no loss of life or serious injuries. However, the damage to our property and landscape was devastating. Homes were destroyed and businesses severely impacted. Hundreds of trees, many of which were more than a century old, were ripped from the ground. Read More
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The City of Kokomo will immediately waive building permit and inspection fees for victims of the August 24 tornado. This includes fees associated with new construction, alterations or remodeling related to the tornado.

“At a time like this, our local government must do all it can to assist our citizens, and help them in the rebuilding process,” said Mayor Greg Goodnight. “Permit fees are one less thing they will have to worry about.”

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The City of Kokomo announced that Torrey Roe has been named Parks Superintendent. Roe currently is the department’s Recreation Manager and started with City in 2005 as a Recreation Programmer.

“Torrey has served our community for 11 years and is well-suited for the job,” said Mayor Goodnight. “He cares about the community and has a great vision for the future of the parks department.”

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