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Photo: Bill Shaw
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Photo: Bill Shaw
Host Joe Hren sat down with Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight outside of city hall who gave us an update on construction of the downtown Heritage Trail, the grand opening of the Jackson Street Commons veterans housing project and his thoughts on whether the Hoosier Lottery is a good way to raise funds for the state.
Listen to their full conversation above. Here are some highlights:
Hren: Big ribbon cutting ceremony at Chrysler in Tipton County just south of Kokomo this month, how does that affect the economic development of Kokomo?
Goodnight: They pretty much manufacture the parts here in Kokomo and then they do the nine speed assembly at the Tipton plant so there will still be four active plants here in Kokomo so it’s really part of their entire campus.
Hren: In regard to the announcement of the new baseball stadium, how do you hope to continue funding so it’s viable for long term investment?
Goodnight: It’s going to be a beautiful facility. We have three other school corporations that will use it as part of their varsity programs as well as Kokomo High School as they already have (at the former ball field.) Indiana University Kokomo’s enrollment continues to increase, they’re now a conference affiliation and so they are adding other sports and so they are considering, no commitment on their part, but considering making baseball and women’s softball part of their sports offerings. We’ve been contacted by a few different leagues too. We also set it up so you could play regulation soccer, so we hope to utilize it for special events, community concerts as well.
Hren: Jackson Street Commons just opened downtown, it’s long term housing for homeless veterans in Indiana, how did this project come about and why Kokomo?
Goodnight: This is something we’ve been working on for three years. There is a segment of the veteran population that is homeless, so this will be home for 27. We partnered with many community organizations and recently cut the ribbon and proud to say it’s debt free.