Mayors from around the state are meeting in Lebanon to share ideas on issues affecting all communities in Indiana.
Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says finances are always a hot topic as well as economic development and the legislation passed in the last session of the General Assembly.
“There were changes,” Goodnight says. “Some good, some maybe not so favorable, but in general there was nothing that was really going to stop the progress that needs to be made in our state.”
Goodnight says the financial health of cities is always a concern, but Indiana cities are doing much better compared to a few years ago.
“Every city is different, but I get a sense – some of it through personal discussions and some of it through what I read and what I follow, most cities are on the upswing and feel good about the immediate future. Of course we do too,” he says. “It was a rough few years, but we’ve made it through that and things are going in the right direction.”
Goodnight himself is leading a presentation on downtown revitalization. Kokomo recently made changes to its downtown to improve the quality of life in the community.