Indiana Newsdesk’s Joe Hren sat down with Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis during a meeting with the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.
Listen to their full conversation above. Here are some highlights:
Hren: A different venue for the Kokomo edition of ‘Ask The Mayor’ at the Indiana Statehouse, but you’re here for some meetings today?
Goodnight: We meet every quarter, not just to get updates on budgets and legislative issues, but other topics, things going on in other states that has an impact on cities.
Hren: Since we last visited, a judge struck down Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban, what was your reaction?
Goodnight: I think it’s important we end up on the right side of history, I think some of these arguments are generational, but I think the winds are blowing in the direction to allow same-sex marriages and it’s not only time, but it’s probably past time.
Hren: A big job announcement earlier this month, 240 jobs are coming to downtown Kokomo?
Goodnight: It was an out of state company, Systems In Motion, purchased a small tech firm in Kokomo that had offices both in Kokomo and Carmel. And part of that agreement was to do their expansion in both Kokomo and Carmel. Our cities are about 35 to 40 miles apart and the expansion will include to about 400 jobs total by the end of 2016.