Local and national reporters clamored for interviews with Mayor Joe Hogsett about Indianapolis’ chances, but city officials largely kept quiet while forwarding media to the Indy Chamber and influencing messaging behind the scenes.
IBJ reporter Hayleigh Colombo talks to the mayor about whether he’ll seek a second term and why he says the job is the hardest he’s ever had.
Hogsett said he knows he must decide soon whether to run for re-election in the 2019 municipal elections, where the mayor and all 25 City-County Council seats are up for a vote.
Indy Achieves seeks to increase the portion of central Indiana adults with a post-secondary credential to 65 percent and eliminate pervasive attainment gaps by 2027.
Tens of millions in spending, along with unforeseen events, have drained the TIF’s unrestricted cash balance—money left to fund extra projects after covering debt and reserves.
The mayor also told IBJ that the city is “prepared to look at anything and everything” that would help it secure Amazon’s planned second U.S. headquarters—as long as any action is fiscally prudent.
An Indy Chamber spokesman said Wednesday morning that the bid “has been sent as of last night to arrive ahead of the Oct. 19 deadline.”
Amazon’s announcement last week that its future second headquarters will create 50,000 new jobs with an average annual compensation of $100,000 have cities across the country clamoring to submit bids. But there’s a short timetable, with proposals due Oct. 19.
The money will come from the roughly $1.2 million in local tax incentives that Carrier and its parent company returned to the city after the announcement some local operations would move to Mexico.
In a lawsuit filed this month in Marion Superior Court, Indianapolis claims its northern neighbor is encroaching on the city’s corporate boundary. The seven-page complaint is seeking a preliminary injunction preventing Carmel from continuing with plans to build four roundabouts.
The city is using data to try to predict crime before it happens and solve problems with food deserts and prevent water main breaks.
Indianapolis leaders want to encourage businesses to pay livable wages. The City-County Council’s president says that’s a tough sell when the city hasn’t done that for all of its own employees.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett faces a tough battle in taking on ingrained, multigenerational issues involving homelessness, poverty, education and crime. But in his State of the City address, he vowed to try.
The measure would allow the city to be reimbursed with future bond proceeds for expenses related to the planned community justice campus.
The City-County Council committee vote came after Mayor Joe Hogsett’s top adviser urged members to say yes—the first time the mayor’s office had expressed an opinion publicly about whether the tax increase should pass.
Mayor Joe Hogsett is drafting plans for a new jail that would combine Marion County’s three existing lockups under one roof, creating room for 2,600 to 3,000 inmates.