Kokomo Mayor Goodnight to Participate in Indiana Economic Forum's Annual Conference

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight has been invited to be a panelist at the annual Indiana Economic Forum’s (IEF) conference, “Creating Opportunities for Growth.”

Former Indiana University Economist Morton Marcus invited Mayor Goodnight to participate at the annual conference. Other guest speakers include Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Eric Doden and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Vice President William Testa.

Morton Marcus was director of the Indiana University’s Indiana Business Research Center for more than 30 years. He was an IU Kelley School of Business faculty member for 33 years. His weekly column appears in over 30 Midwestern newspapers.

Mayor Goodnight is expected to discuss Kokomo’s economic conditions and economic issues facing Indiana cities. The moderated panel will examine various ways in which cities finance economic development; pros and cons of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts; totally private development and government sponsored industrial parks.

“Our administration adapted to the global recession of 2008,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “Our economic development initiatives, from the structure of our TIF districts to our quality-of-place investments, are tailored to a vastly different economic landscape from just a decade earlier.” 

The forum will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the Indiana Municipal Power Agency auditorium in Carmel.

The Indiana Economic Forum is an association of professionals interested in the economy of Indiana and the economics of business.  For over forty years the IEF has hosted an annual conference where members and guests share information and gain insight from varied and topical speakers from the venues of government, business and education.