The State of the City of Plymouth (Aim Ideas Summit 2017)- 5:00
with Director of City Promotion Laura Mann, City of Plymouth
Posted Nov 01, 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 Plymouth by Director of City Promotion Laura Mann.
Bennett: Plymouth had the Latino Festival Initiative but it went a way for a while...
Mann: 7 years ago was the last Latino Festival. It was put on by the Heart and Hands Organization. That organization dissolved. The mayor and I wanted to bring it back, so we formed a committee and brought it back.
Bennett: How was the turnout?
Mann: About 3,000 people. In a community of 10,000 that's a pretty good turnout.
Bennett: Why did you want to bring it back, what does it offer the community?
Mann: We have a large Latino population in our community, about 22%.
Bennett: What about different information?as far as resources are concerned.
Mann: We brought in lots of social service agencies, the hospital, etc..
Bennett: Bringing this back, did you discover anything Plymouth wasn't doing?
Mann: I think we're doing a pretty good job and I think the culture and community would say the same.?We all just need to be open-minded and learn from one another.
Bennett: What other plans does Plymouth have to bring together people in the community?
Mann: Well the mayor is a huge music fan. Every August he has Mayor's Month of Music. It started out featuring local bands and now we are more regional. Bring a cooler, bring your dinner, everything is $1 at the concession stand. We have somewhere between 1500-1700 people every Friday now.
Bennett: Plenty to do in Plymouth!
Mann: When I was growing up it was always "there's nothing to do in Plymouth" and now there is always something to do in Plymouth.