The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has named Bloomington the 2014 Community of the Year.
Chamber officials point to Bloomington’s cultural, arts and recreational attractions, which they say are impressive for a city of its size, as reasons for choosing Bloomington out of a pool of 20 applicants.
“Bloomington really stood out for the educational activities, the development of technology, the development of medical bio-sciences cluster that is here that’s providing jobs and technology breakthroughs as well as the quality of life that you have here in Monroe County,” Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO and Bloomington native Kevin Brinegar says.
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan Kruzan specifically cited the B-Line Trail, the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, the 65-acre Bloomington Certified Technology Park currently under development and the centers for entrepreneurship at Cook Medical and Ivy Tech Community College as examples of the diverse projects that contributed to the award.
“Our city’s economic development strategy centers on the notion that quality of life, as Kevin mentioned, is synonymous with our economic vitality, ” Kruzan said.
Bloomington economic leaders say they hope the award will help them market the city to potential businesses and residents.
The award will be officially presented to the mayor and the city at the Indiana Chamber’s 25th Annual Awards Dinner on November 6 in Indianapolis.