Mayor Greg Goodnight
Since taking office in January 2008 Mayor Greg Goodnight has focused on establishing strong and sustainable economic development policies, improving the quality of life and lowering government spending by promoting innovation and efficiency.
Mayor Goodnight has overseen the establishment of the city’s free-to-the-rider fixed-route bus system; aggressively developed innovative new economic development programs and incentives, which has resulted in scores of new businesses locating in Kokomo. Additionally, local employers have announced billions of dollars in new investment since 2010. Steadily, new and existing employers have announced building expansions, invested in new equipment and hired additional workers. Now Kokomo has the lowest unemployment rate in over 15 years.
Responsibility to taxpayers has been the top priority of Mayor Goodnight. When Mayor Goodnight took office Kokomo had a $5 million operating deficit. By streamlining city government and developing innovative budget saving solutions, Kokomo now has a more than $14 million operating cash balance, and the lowest debt per capita of Indiana’s largest 35 cities. It is because of these local economic priorities that Kokomo’s Standard & Poor’s credit rating increased from A- to A, and why Governing Magazine said Kokomo is “the poster child for long-term fiscal sustainability”.
As a sought after authority on government efficiency, economic development, and urban policy, Mayor Goodnight has spoken to many groups and organizations about Kokomo’s story and his vision for the City. He has guest lectured at Yale University’s School of Management, and shared Kokomo’s story across the world, on CNN, BBC, the Wall Street Journal, ABC World News Tonight and Fox News.
Kokomo has received the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Community Achievement Award and Harvard University’s Bright Ideas Award. In 2011, the City of Kokomo was awarded the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Community of the Year Award.
Mayor Goodnight has served as chair of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns’ Legislative Committee, and served as IACT’s President in 2016.
Mayor Goodnight’s leadership has also been recognized by his peers and political observers, including economists Morton Marcus, Michael Hicks and Governor Daniels, who noted in 2009 that “there hasn’t been a more courageous voice in either party” then Mayor Goodnight.
Previously, Mayor Goodnight served two terms on the Kokomo City Council, and as a member of the Kokomo-Howard County Planning Commission and the Center Township Trustee Board. He and his wife Kelli have four children.