Host Joe Hren sat down with Bedford Mayor Shawna Girgis who shared her thoughts on the city’s Stellar designation and when residents will start seeing downtown revitalization projects begin, I-69 impact on the city and her top three priorities as mayor.
Listen to their full conversation above. Here are some highlights:
Hren: I-69 is making its way through this part of the state, but missing the Bedford area. Will this hurt the city at all?
Girgis: We believe it will have a positive impact and the primary reason is we have a great number of people that work at Crane. Obviously I-69 connects Crane to Bloomington, Indianapolis and will improve the state of Crane. We have the East Gate Business & Technology Center here and businesses that support Crane are located there, so when anything is positive for Crane, it’s positive for East Gate.
Hren: Bedford is known as the limestone capital of the world, but with Indiana Limestone Company claiming bankruptcy and being bought out, is there any concern of the limestone industry in Bedford?
Girgis: I think there’s always a concern whenever you see the economy suffer. Traditionally, limestone is utilized on larger structures, major construction projects. When you see those things affected in a negative way, the limestone industry is also affected. It’s not as large as it was 50 years ago, but it’s still important to us.
Hren: The city was recently selected one of two Stellar Communities in the state which means about $19 million investment into the city, that must be amazing thing for the city.
Girgis: We really see this as an opportunity to revitalize our downtown. I’ve heard Steve Ferguson say your downtown is the front door to the community, we believe that and so we really want to create an inviting place for people to come. We’re really excited about it.