Mayor Goodnight to Speak at Johnson County's Infrastructure and Community Development Community Conversation

 Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight will be a featured speaker at a Community Conversation on infrastructure and community development in Johnson County.

The event, sponsored by Indiana Humanities, the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and ASPIRE Johnson County, will be held at the Southland Community Church in Greenwood, IN on Thursday, April 23.  The forum is the first in a series of four Community Conversations. The topic will be how infrastructure and community development are critical elements for managing a city’s growth. Mayor Goodnight will be joined by Sarah Rubin, INDOT Project manager for I-69, and Larry DeBoer, a columnist and economist from Purdue University.

“Johnson County leaders are impressed with how Kokomo is experiencing economic and population growth by improving the quality of life for its residents,” said Keira Amstutz, Indiana Humanities President and CEO. “We look forward to learning about Kokomo’s best practices for leveraging resources for redevelopment.”

Johnson County is developing a strategic plan for the upcoming commuter and economic changes the extension of Interstate 69 will have on its cities and towns. Local officials are examining ways to capitalize on the change.

“I look forward to sharing how Kokomo’s strategic approach to economic development has been a catalyst for our city’s transformation,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “We have focused investment on developing key community assets while redeveloping our city’s urban core. Because of this approach, Kokomo has become a destination city where people choose to live, work, play, and raise a family, and where companies feel secure investing in their future.”

Since 2009, Kokomo’s strategic approach has led to an increase in population and over $2 billion in private investments