Senior staff writer
Greenwood is a city on the move, as usual.
Indiana’s 15th largest city will be the home of a $260 million FedEx distribution center, a multiuse development on the 19-acre former Greenwood Middle School property, re-imagined Madison and Emerson avenues, a viable Indy South Greenwood Airport and a renovated Greenwood Police headquarters.
In his seventh State of the City address, Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers outlined those items in addition to improvements to the city’s infrastructure, trails and parks, public safety and quality of life.
“Economic interest in our city has never been higher,” Myers said. “I cannot express to you the amount of pride I feel when a potential investor explains why Greenwood. Some say the schools. Others, the safe, welcoming atmosphere. Many highlight our available land and proximity of one day’s drive to more than 75 percent of the county. The city that once had a difficult time generating any interest in commercial development is now able to be selective.”
Greenwood becomes the first city to partner with INBiz, a one-stop business portal, developed by the Indiana secretary of state’s office. It combines that office, Department of Workforce Development, Department of Revenue and Indiana Professional Licensing Agency among others digitally for starting, managing and growing businesses.
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson made the announcement after being introduced to more than 300 patrons in attendance at the Greater Greenwood Chamber-hosted event. Myers praised the new venture as the city enjoys a “strategic resurgence.”
In his opening remarks, Myers emphasized, “I’m motivated by the responsibility to carry the torch for my hometown’s founding spirit: pride and progress.”
He recalled that 2017 featured an expanded and flourishing community center, a popular outdoor aquatic center, the city’s third roundabout at Smith Valley and Yorktown roads, a new stormwater testing lab and nature center, record crowds at the summer concert series and the city’s purchase of an eyesore strip mall at Madison Avenue and County Line Road.
Myers lauded the city’s police and fire personnel, which continues to serve with smaller numbers than prescribed by best practices, even with the addition of 10 officers during his seven-year administration.
The second-term mayor expressed the city’s desire to be pro-active in combating the opioid crisis with preventative action.
“Greenwood needs more police officers,” Myers stated. “The opioid crisis has brought with it a wave of increased criminal activity, and our city is not properly equipped and staffed to combat it.”
He expressed pride that the city has operated on a balanced budget for six consecutive years and is fiscally sound.
“Greenwood continues to have one of the lowest per capita budgets and workforces in Indiana,” Myers stated. “I am amazed by what our lean operation is able to accomplish. It speaks to the character of our public servants and the hard work they put in each and every day.”