The State of the Town of Hope (Aim Ideas Summit 2017)- 5:00
with Town Manager JT Doane, Town of Hope
Posted Oct 31, 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 Town of Hope by Town Manager JT Doane.
Bennett: Since 2012 Hope has focused on growing in a coordinated manner. What does growing in a coordinated manner look like?
Doane: Well in 2012 we laid out the comprehensive plan. That laid out a series of suggestions and ways that the community needs to look for growth and enhance the great community we have. Through the years, officials have strived to accomplish those items in the comprehensive plan.
Bennett: How big is Hope?
Doane: Hope is around 21 hundred people...very rural based.
Bennett: When you look at economic development, do you find that a small town like Hope stays in the shadows of its neighboring cities? Is that a challenge?
Doane: I don't believe so. I was very fortunate early on to welcome the Hope Wellness Pharmacy. We had not had a pharmacy for 28 years. We had lost a few members of the community that had to move to a bigger city.
Bennett: Do you still want to keep the rural feeling as well?
Doane: Absolutely. It is important to maintain that sense of heritage and tradition.
Bennett: What challenges are you facing?
Doane: There definitely comes the challenge of being a smaller community, you get a smaller revenue. So, you have to look at grant funding and constantly looking at other sources that are out there for funding.