Mayor Jim Brainard of Carmel, Indiana
Start: September 16, 2019 4 p.m.
End: September 16, 2019 5 p.m.
Location: Architecture Building, Room 100

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Mayor Jim Brainard is Carmel, Indiana's first six-term mayor. During his tenure in office, Carmel has grown in population from 25,000 to nearly 100,000. Parkland, green space and trails have increased. The development of an Arts & Design District, a downtown called City Center and a new Midtown project joining the two together, has helped in the creation of a vibrant, thriving walkable city where companies want to locate, where employees want to live and where families want to raise their children. Mayor Brainard frequently speaks around the world about city planning, climate change, redevelopment and roadway networks.

The lecture will touch upon these learning objectives:

  • How art and culture can be used to foster economic development
  • How placemaking is integral to revitalizing and expand a town center
  • How prioritizing civil design creates a more livable city.
  • How does walkability and bikeability transform a suburban community.
  • How roundabouts are a more efficient and safer transportation solution.

Carmel is among Money magazine’s Best Places to Live in America - #3 in 2014 and #1 in 2012 for cities with a population of 50,000 – 300,000. In 2015, Carmel was recognized as Community of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. The City was awarded first place in the Climate Protection Awards from the U.S. Conference of Mayors for its roundabout program and national runner-up of the Home Depot Awards of Excellence in Community Trees. Carmel has also been the recipient of the Sterling Tree City Award, honorable mention for Municipal Excellence from the National League of Cities and has been designated a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Based on surveys using community statistics, Carmel is consistently ranked among the top places to live for families, singles, children, senior citizens and veterans based on low crime rates, low cost of living, excellent schools, availability of high paying jobs and appreciation of community amenities such as arts, culture, parks and recreational opportunities.

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