The State of the City of Warsaw (Aim Ideas Summit 2017)- 5:00
with Mayor Joe Thallemer, City of Warsaw
Posted Nov 02, 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 Warsaw by Mayor Joe Thallemer.
Thumbnail provided by Kosciusko County Courthouse
Bennett: What are some of the things the city is working on?
Thallemer: It's obviously a busy time of year. The state legislature has provided us with lots of money to get road infrastructure improvements which we are taking full advantage of. We've got a less than glamorous sewer project coming up. That's probably one of the biggest projects we've done in the community.
Bennett: Going back to housing in the downtown area of Warsaw, have you experienced growth in the downtown area?
Thallemer: We have a workforce that requires all different types of housing. We've taken an abandoned building and turned it into a tax credit, senior housing project with about 50 units. Down by the lakefront, townhomes and city homes will be a new type of housing that will be attractive to professional workforce coming into our community.
Bennett: When you attend a summit like this, do you find you all share the same interest and issues?
Thallemer: We're all trying to do the same thing for our communities. We try and create the quality of life assets like a safe community, strong education and make our communities home. Having the opportunity to come to a beautiful city like Evansville, its invaluable.
Bennett: Anything in particular you plan to bring back to Warsaw?
Thallemer: Lots of really good ideas. Funding for a lot of these projects is the tough part. There's always some avenues and options that help with that.
Bennett: Being in an area of the high tech job industry, do you see that as an advantage?
Thallemer: It is. Obviously we attract a quality of workforce in Warsaw that demands maybe more sophistication in their homes; things to do. It's just a component that adds to our community and makes it different to everyone else.