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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo’s Greg Goodnight

Greg Goodnight

Photo: Joe Hren

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says the city hall remodel project should be done in the next couple of weeks.

Indiana Newsdesk’s Joe Hren sat down with Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight to answer YOUR questions!

Listen to their full conversation above. Here are some highlights:

Hren: When you see a big ribbon cutting ceremony for what is Kokomo’s largest downtown building (First Farmers Bank and Trust), that does trigger a domino effect for other businesses downtown?

Goodnight: It does. Right next door we had a restaurant that just opened and that was one of the things they considered when considering locations was this new group of business people that would be downtown on a regular basis and the visitors.

Hren: Considering a bank, a comedy club, a restaurant and community college are opening up downtown, how does a city keep up a diversified business climate?

Goodnight: Well, you have to have a plan. We’ve been working on this for the last four or five years. It’s a pretty simple business plan. We try to create that destination area and hopefully they feed off of each others business plan and they all become successful at that process.

Hren: The Indiana Attorney General is investigating a GM recall of 2.6 million cars due to faulty ignition switches. There is a GM plant in Kokomo, will these recalls hurt the area?

Goodnight: Well, I don’t know the recalls will have a direct impact on the facility here. Obviously the success overall of General Motors will have an impact on the plant here but I don’t know that there is a direct correlation between the two, but I’m sure there is an indirect [impact].

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