“There’s no happy way to say this, we have an awful lot of workers who are unemployed who don’t have the skills needed to move into modern manufacturing jobs,” he said. “The result of that is a really high number of workers who aren’t employable elsewhere.”
Work Not Unnoticed
The quality-of-life work Kokomo organizations have done has earned them recognition.
During the Main Street Conference in 2010, the city and downtown association received three awards.
The city received the Design of Downtown Public Improvements award for improving public areas downtown. The downtown council’s chairwoman won Board Member of the Year. And the city and downtown association shared the Community Impact Award for their joint project of planting flowers in the spring.
Kokomo also has received national recognition recently for overall improvements.
USA Today and Forbes, the magazine that once called Kokomo a “dying city,” published stories in May explaining positive economic growth in the city.
Area Development magazine in May gave a Gold Shovel award to Indiana because of the business investments companies made in the state in 2010. At the top of the list was Chrysler’s plans to spend more than $1 billion upgrading its transmission lines in Kokomo to make eight- and nine-speed transmissions.
• Daniel Human is the Kokomo Tribune business reporter. He can be reached at 765-454-8570 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.