State of City Address to Push Green Jobs

The city of Bloomington could become a home to new green technology and alternative transportation companies if Mayor Mark Kruzan is able to follow through on what he says will be a theme of his next “state of the city” address in February.  Speaking on WFIU’s “Ask the Mayor,” Kruzan says he’s had conversations with city council members about how to position the city for changes which may begin with President-elect Barack Obama.

“We can poise ourselves as a community as a state to benefit from what I think this federal government’s going to be doing in the next couple years,” Kruzan says.  “The state has had that traditional manufacturing base for an awful long time.  It is a psychological shift; it’s a political shift that’s got to occur.  I think the stars are aligned to have labor, management, government all getting in front of this.”

Kruzan says it could be tough to offer many tax incentives to startup companies which might locate in Bloomington, but says the city could still help such firms locate inside of tax increment financing districts to offer them an initial cost savings.  In the meantime, Kruzan says the city may consider more infrastructure projects which appeal to traditional modes of transportation, like the construction of a new Bloomington Transit bus depot.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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