IBJNews

2014 Forty Under 40: Christy Langley

Lou Harry
February 1, 2014
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

langley_christy_1col.jpg (IBJ Photo/Aaron P. Bernstein)

Schooling: After completing her undergraduate work in urban planning at Ball State University, Langley wasn’t quite ready to leave school. Once she earned her master’s at Indiana University, she felt ready to leave the state. But after a graduate assistantship in Sarasota, Fla., she missed Indiana. Badly. A job offer from the state of Indiana came quickly …

Never mind: … but on the Friday before the Monday she was supposed to start that job, Langley got another offer from the city of Noblesville. She took the job in Hamilton County and, by age 29, was running her department. The youngest head of a department in Noblesville history? “That’s been fact-checked very loosely,” she said.

Achievements: “We just finished updating the comprehensive master plan; that’s been a year-long effort. We are fully digitizing the department—which included scanning in about 400 boxes of building plans. But it’s not just me. That’s the department’s accomplishment.”

Convincing businesses of the value of city planning: “I can break down barriers more easily if someone sits down and talks to me. I try to make planning a more human process.”

AGE 31
Hometown: Madison

Family: husband, Chad; son, Harrison, 3

Fait accompli? “I look back and sometimes I don’t know how the hell it happened. I’ve blown with the wind and tried to take advantage of every opportunity given to me. I have a strong faith so I believe there’s a hand bigger than mine, but at the same time I had very supportive parents and family that let me know I could do anything … which I’m sure sometimes irks my bosses.”

The future: “I try not to plan too much,” Langley said. “That may seem bad coming from a city planner. But [in 10 years] I’d love to have or to have started on my Ph.D. I’m interested in how my real-world experience could be useful in an academic setting.”

Off hours: “My son is the coolest kid I ever met,” she said. “I love getting out into the world with him. He’s like a sponge.” She also has a love/hate relationship with running. “I exercise so I can eat. I do both a lot.” And in 2013 she picked up the banjo.•

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Proud of You
    Christy, I just found this sight.4:00am.Just so very proud of you. May all your dreams come true. Memories of past times!Doris

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Can your dog sign a marriage license or personally state that he wishes to join you in a legal union? If not then no, you cannot marry him. When you teach him to read, write, and speak a discernible language, then maybe you'll have a reasonable argument. Thanks for playing!

  2. Look no further than Mike Rowe, the former host of dirty jobs, who was also a classically trained singer.

  3. Current law states income taxes are paid to the county of residence not county of income source. The most likely scenario would be some alteration of the income tax distribution formula so money earned in Marion co. would go to Marion Co by residents of other counties would partially be distributed to Marion co. as opposed to now where the entirety is held by the resident's county.

  4. This is more same-old, same-old from a new generation of non-progressive 'progressives and fear mongers. One only needs to look at the economic havoc being experienced in California to understand the effect of drought on economies and people's lives. The same mindset in California turned a blind eye to the growth of population and water needs in California, defeating proposal after proposal to build reservoirs, improve water storage and delivery infrastructure...and the price now being paid for putting the demands of a raucous minority ahead of the needs of many. Some people never, never learn..

  5. I wonder if I can marry him too? Considering we are both males, wouldn't that be a same sex marriage as well? If they don't honor it, I'll scream discrimination just like all these people have....

ADVERTISEMENT