Carmel, IN Mayor Jim Brainard is Carmel’s first six-term mayor. Under his tenure, Carmel has experienced tremendous growth and prosperity. It is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The population has grown from 25,000 to almost 80,000 in the last 12 years. Park land, greenspace, and trails have increased from 40 acres to more than 800, including the Monon Trail and Central Park. The creation of a new downtown and the Arts & Design District has breathed new life into forgotten areas of the city. All of these improvements have given the citizens of Carmel increased opportunities for recreation and cultural activities.
Successful Cities Are Built Around Solid Infrastructure
The Romans built roads throughout their empire because they realized it was critical to be able to move goods, commerce, and people around quickly and efficiently. That’s why they were successful. If we want to be successful and competitive as a nation today, we need to be able to move goods, we need to be able to move people efficiently and quickly throughout the country.
Success Story: Carmel, Indiana
Why we’ve grown so quickly is we’ve built the infrastructure in the ground that we need before we have a problem. It’s allowed us to become one of the most competitive cities in the country, and people here, it’s in their DNA that infrastructure is important.
Stimulating the Economy with Infra Investment
…To those folks that suggest that we can’t afford infrastructure, what more basic function of government is there than to make sure people can get from place to place, and commerce can get from place to place? If we don’t do that, the economy is never going to get better.
Local Government Taking Action
Our system is one that’s supposed to involve citizens. That’s why we’re a republic. We need to listen to the professionals as to how best to do something, but at the same time the citizens need to challenge those professionals and engineers and architects and builders to do a better job with their infrastructure, to make sure it works both at the local level and at the federal level.