Kokomo

A new report says some Indiana cities could be among the most impacted in the country by a potential trade war.

The Brookings Institution says Columbus is just more than 50 percent dependent on exports – more than any other metro area in the country. Elkhart, Kokomo and Lafayette are also in the top 10.

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State leaders have pinned Indiana’s economic fortunes to regional economic development initiatives.  

Many programs have been created in the last few years to foster cooperation between nearby counties and cities.

But as WBAA’s Chris Morisse Vizza reports, at least two West Central Indiana mayors say the inherent instinct to compete for jobs and corporate investment is an obstacle.

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A week after two tornadoes tore through Kokomo, more than a dozen people are still housed in the city’s emergency shelter and officials don’t yet have an estimate of how much cleanup will cost.

Mayor Greg Goodnight says that’s in part because some damage is still being discovered.

Goodnight says he met with one man who thought his property had only lost a few trees, with his home emerging from the strong winds unscathed.

NWS: Kokomo Tornado Rated EF-3

Aug 25, 2016
Annie Ropiek

UPDATE: The National Weather Service confirmed a fifth tornado, an EF-0 in Marion County.

Residents and teams from the Indianapolis National Weather Service office are surveying the damage after several tornados swept through Central Indiana Wednesday evening.

Central Indiana Leads Country In Gas Price Declines

Jun 23, 2015
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Central Indiana may have been the best place in the country to find gas savings last week.

Gas prices rocketed to almost $3.00 a gallon in the beginning of the week, but dropped as much as 27 cents in parts of the state.

Kokomo had the largest price drop in gas in the nation, and Indianapolis had the eight-largest decrease, according to Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com

Prices initially rose because of offline refineries in the Midwest but DeHaan says those refineries are now up-and-running again.

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Some questions asked of the mayor this week:

You recently got back an assessment from a company in South Carolina assessing how ready the county is for economic development. Tell me your initial impressions of what the report says.

Kokomo City Council Rejects Expansion Of Smoking Ban

Sep 9, 2014
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Kokomo‘s city council has rejected a proposal to go smoke-free.

An ordinance to extend Kokomo‘s workplace smoking ban to bars and clubs passed a preliminary vote last month 5-4. But on Monday‘s final vote, Republican Kevin Summers switched from yes to no, joining four of the council‘s six Democrats to defeat the measure.

Kokomo School Caters To Adults Who Want More Than A GED

Jul 21, 2014
Claire McInerny / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Ninety-six percent. That’s the number of Indiana employers who expect their workforce could increase in the next couple of years.

In most cases, they’ll be looking for employees who have at least a high school diploma.  StateImpact Indiana’s Rachel Morello visited a new charter school in Kokomo that offers adults the opportunity to go back to school and earn a high school diploma, rather than a GED.

Judge OKs Kokomo's annexation plan

Dec 29, 2011

A court order has cleared the way for Kokomo to continue expansion plans.

The city will be able to annex land on its east and west sides. The effort began 3 years ago, but some residents in the affected areas objected and went to court.

The new population of Kokomo will be nearly 57,000, making it Indiana’s 12th largest city, covering roughly 30 square miles. That would make it larger than Elkhart, Greenwood, Mishawaka, and Noblesville.