State honors City of Kokomo, Downtown Association
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Main Street honored the City of Kokomo and the Kokomo Downtown Association, a division of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, with three of its nine awards for outstanding achievement in downtown revitalization and development at its 2010 Main Street Conference here Friday.
The City of Kokomo received the Design of Downtown Public Improvements award for implementing attractive public improvements for its downtown within the past year; Downtown Council Chair Kim LaFollette of Community First Bank of Indiana received the Board Member of the Year award for her involvement during the past year and for her exceptional commitment to downtown revitalization; and the City of Kokomo and the Downtown Association received the Community Impact Award for partnering on a spring flower planting project that was widely supported and had a tremendous impact in the community.
“These awards are the result of hard work and dedication on the part of multiple groups and literally hundreds of individuals,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “The Alliance’s Downtown Association and its volunteers, the City of Kokomo, the Urban Enterprise Association and our local business community have all played a role in the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Kokomo. They should all take pride in this recognition”
Design of Downtown Public Improvements
Kokomo city officials, led by Mayor Greg Goodnight, directed more than $1 million in downtown infrastructure improvements in 2010. Improvements included installing pedestrian-friendly bump outs and new landscaping, removing traffic lights, converting two streets from one-way to two-way traffic, extending the Walk of Excellence through downtown and building the Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion in Foster Park, in partnership with the Urban Enterprise Association.
Kokomo’s downtown development work also received accolades at a statewide conference in October, with the city’s selection as the 2010 Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Community Achievement Award.
“I applaud Mayor Goodnight and his administration for changing the face of downtown Kokomo for the better,” Jeb Conrad, GKEDA president and CEO, said. “The City’s improvements encouraged more than a dozen businesses to locate downtown.”
Board Member of the Year
A lifelong Kokomo resident, Kim LaFollette is an active board president, chairing councils and committees, recruiting hundreds of volunteers, and working alongside volunteers on many community projects. LaFollette is director of marketing for Community First Bank.
“Kokomo, Howard County, and the Alliance are fortunate that Kim has a passion for her community and downtown, and that she displays that passion by volunteering to make Kokomo a better place to live, work, and play,” Conrad said.
Community Impact Award
As part of the City and KDA’s spring flower-planting project, more than 235 volunteers from various businesses and organizations planted more than 12,000 plants and shrubs in four phases.
“The downtown beautification project volunteers created a clean, attractive downtown Kokomo that spurred economic development and improved the quality of life for visitors and residents,” John Wiles, GKEDA director of downtown initiatives, said. “The public/private effort resulted in a vibrant and appealing downtown experience this summer, which is what companies and families want in a community when they look to relocate.”
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Director of Downtown Initiatives
Kokomo Downtown Association
325 N. Main Street
Kokomo, IN 46901-4621
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