Host Joe Hren sat down with Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight who shared his thoughts on FEMA’s denial for winter storm aid, downtown YMCA construction and how the city is celebrating Earth Day.
Listen to their full conversation above.
Here are some highlights:
Hren: FEMA denied assistance for winter storm aid to Howard County, how is the city dealing in the aftermath of the winter storm budget crunch?
Goodnight: Having dealt with this for the third time in less than a year for different storm related issues, we’ve come not to expect it and work around it and persevere.
Hren: Tuesday was Earth Day, any new agenda items the city is taking on to stay ‘green?’
Goodnight: We’re proud of our public transportation system and the bike lanes to encourage those alternative means of transportation, and trail extensions to get people out of their cars. We’ll be implementing our recycling program. We really wanted to do curbside recycling and wanted it in place this spring, but it’s going to be sometime late summer before it’s up and running. We’re relying on a private business to do the sorting and they had to make substantial investment.
Hren: An article from Indianapolis Business Journal compares Kokomo to Indy, due to swaying suburbanites to downtown, how does it feel to be compared to Indy?
Goodnight: National demographics are driving this. The information is there for any mayor, city or county that wants to research this. Millennials and the retiring baby boomers are desiring the urban lifestyle. Not everyone is going to have the chance to live in New York City. Statistics show it’s going to be mid-size cities that will grow in the next decade. So we need to capture that the best we can.