The mayor of Carmel, Ind. is beaming.
“It’s wonderful to be on the front cover,” said Mayor James Brainard. “You can’t buy this sort of advertising for the community.”
USA Today, just two months after Money Magazine named Carmel the top place to live in America.
USA Today says Carmel is forging a nation reputation because of its arts, European style street design and urban housing.
Small business owner Larry Hanes said that’s why he opened his bistro here.
“It just shows the stability of what’s happening in this area,” Hanes said. “I’m also new to this area and I was also attracted and I also rate it number one in the country.”
The mayor says he needs something to attract top jobs and companies to his city.
“Because we don’t have the beach or the mountains or the best climate,” Mayor Brainard said. “We have to work so much harder on the building of this environment, good schools, good libraries, a good parks and recreation system.”
But what the article does not state is how they’re going to pay for all of this or that the Carmel redevelopment commissions is $267 million in debt. However, city leaders said it’s all about taking risks and if you want to be a world class city there’s going to be bumps in the road.
“We’re planning on restructuring that, that’s the avenue we’re pursuing right now,” said Carmel City Council President Rick Sharp. “We’re doing it carefully and prudently. While it’s not always pretty. We all have the same goal in mind and the goal is to celebrate more days like today.”
The mayor agreed.
“To be competitive we’ve had to take risks,” said Mayor Brainard. “Those risks are going to pay off for decades to come. We’ll move beyond the current financial issues and I strongly believe the decisions that have been made are good long term decisions.”
City of Carmel is in the national spotlight again