Host Joe Hren sat down with Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight who shared his thoughts on the newly named Indiana University Kokomo chancellor, the end of the legislative session and progress on the new downtown parking garage.
Listen to their full conversation above.
Here are some highlights:
Hren: Indiana University Kokomo is going through a leadership change naming a new chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke next month. What does this mean for the city of Kokomo?
Goodnight: It’s great news for Kokomo. Sue has a long history here, so her leadership skills here in the community will help the campus itself. We are in a critical time, we need to keep the momentum going and I think she is able to do that. We’ve cooperated on a new gym for IU Kokomo Athletics, she’s been at the forefront of recruitment of regional athletes and adding various programs and been involved in economic development issues.
Hren: The new system to warn Howard County residents of emergencies did not trigger during the state-wide tornado drills last week. Was that on purpose?
Goodnight: They are just in the process of getting it up and running and for that very reason they did not issue the typical warning that was done throughout the state.
Hren: The legislative session is over, what would you say is the biggest success or disappointment from the statehouse this year?
Goodnight: Most of it I would have to put in the disappointment category. I think the average Hoosier in the state knew that this business personal property tax cut that was being proposed was going to benefit a few extremely large multinational corporations and those shifts would go back to local property owners and small businesses and small farmers. So there was a really good coalition that reduced the impact on local communities.