The funding will go toward cleaning up former industrial sites and redeveloping land.
Indiana's unemployment rate has been below the national average for seven months.
They are also trying to gain support for the educational facilities in the area.
Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight will be co-chairing the 2011 Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Legislative Committee.
IU journalism student James Mack was died at Marion General Hospital Saturday morning after being shot in the chest and legs during an argument at a bar.
Opponents cite division of Perry Township, emergency-service complications.