The State of the City of Elkhart (Aim Ideas Summit 2017)- 5:00
with Councilman Dwight Fish, 4th District, City of Elkhart
Posted Oct 26, 2017
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A special production of Comcast Newsmakers from the Accelerate Indiana Municipalities Idea Summit at the Old National Events Center in Evansville, Indiana. The annual summit features local officials from across the state as they visit together in exchange of development ideas, economic success and needs.
This segment highlights the City of Elkhart by Councilman Dwight Fish.
Bennett: A lot of good things happening in your community...
Fish: With unemployment being as low at 2.5%, we're hitting on all cylinders. ?We're looking for people to come to Elkhart and take those jobs that are available across the sector. The city is being very proactive in the way we're developing a vibrant community. ?We've got a lot of development downtown which is going to bring those engineering and productions jobs to our town.
Bennett: How else do you encourage economic development?
Fish: When your living on two rivers, there's lot of recreation and access to bigger markets but a low cost of living still. We're a well managed city with good cash flow. We're going out and gathering up some names and asking them to come in and look us over; break some more ground.
Bennett: You talk about the quality of life and new housing, is that what keeps people in the community?
Fish: I think what we're seeing is a resurgence of quality housing. We're starting a developments downtown and developing our river district and that is a huge boon to companies that are looking at us; as well as hospitals, schools. Quality of place is a combination of new money and new excitement.
Bennett: What would you say is the biggest highlight of Elkhart to someone looking to engage in your community.
Fish: We've got the history of Elkhart that has brought us this far. ?It's a fun time to be at the forefront of history where Elkhart will shake off some of those old brick and mortar looks to some of the more high-tech, future looks.
Bennett: Like the smart app that you have.
Fish: We just recently announced a downtown internet connection that will tie in the entire downtown district. ?Main street is really vibrant and we look for the things that people are asking about in the way of business development and encouragement.
Bennett: You think downtown is where it's going to be.