Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton On Tourism As A Main Form Of Local Economy

Jan 25, 2018

The mayor says bringing people in to spend money on weekends is but one part of his city's economic plan. But there are arguments that it should be a much larger one going forward.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

In the 21st Century, it’s a bit of an open question how small-to-midsized Indiana cities will attract industry or grow their population base.

Gone are the days of a railroad or a new university creating a boomtown, so what’s a place like Crawfordsville to do?

The answer is probably not going to be “build a windfarm,” so perhaps instead of trying to grow the permanent populace, the city can try to attract visitors on more weekends.

Today on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we chat with Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton about whether that’s a more realistic long-term economic growth strategy for his city.

Also on today’s show, when you’ve held 73 public meetings with citizens, as Mayor Barton has, do you ever hear anything new anymore?