Regional Cities Initiative

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Next week, Crawfordsville is set to celebrate the rebirth of the Hoosier State Amtrak line – assuming that comes to pass.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Todd Barton about how the city is preparing to embrace the trains – and whether their new operators still have work to do before residents can truly embrace mass transit.

Shortly after the new Amtrak service begins, site selectors from the lieutenant governor’s office will visit Crawfordsville to judge whether it’s worthy of a Stellar Communities grant.

City of Frankfort

Chris McBarnes will still be one of Indiana’s youngest mayors when he’s re-elected later this year. So how might a second term 20-something use that to his advantage?

On today’s Ask The Mayor, we ponder how Frankfort might position itself in the coming years and whether the youth of the city’s leader might be a selling point for other young professionals looking to start their careers and, more importantly, invest in a city.

City of Lafayette

Much has been made over the years about the collaboration between Lafayette and West Lafayette. But as the two cities enter into a Chamber of Commerce led proposal to win money from the governor’s Regional Cities Initiative, can they convince other West Central Indiana communities to put aside competition in favor of the region winning as a whole?

Also on this week’s program with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, concern from listeners about how to combat possible drug activity in the city.

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The City of Crawfordsville is in the midst of multiple grant proposals to the state. We talk a lot on this week’s program about the ins and outs of the Stellar Communities grant for which Crawfordsville is a finalist, but there’s also the governor’s Regional Cities Initiative.

So is it considering double-dipping if one city attempts to receive multiple gifts from the state?

A lot of the Stellar application is based around attracting and keeping young people in Crawfordsville.

Indiana Department of Administration

Governor Pence says the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has spent months traveling around the country, talking to leaders in areas that adopted a regional economic development approach.  And he says the IEDC will be spreading the lessons learned from those talks across Indiana as the Regional Cities Initiative is rolled out. 

While the program will force regions to compete for relatively limited dollars, Pence says his hope is that it also helps end some competition:

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Governor Mike Pence was able to declare almost total victory Thursday in the wake of the 2015 session despite early skepticism from the General Assembly for much of his agenda -- in part because he took so much criticism for his handling of the state's so-called "religious freedom" bill.

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Gov. Mike Pence’s Regional Cities Initiative will get all the money Pence requested.

Lawmakers identified a funding source that won’t take dollars out of the General Fund.

The governor’s Regional Cities Initiative is aimed at fostering greater collaboration in economic development and community improvement around the state.

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