“They’ve not told us any reason for the visit whatsoever,” Goodnight said. “They asked me where I’d want them to go for lunch, and I gave them three choices.”
It’s possible Obama and Biden could at least tour the Kokomo downtown area while they’re here.
In addition to mentioning an $89 million stimulus grant made to Delphi Corp. and Chrysler Group LLC’s decision to invest $343 million in the ITPII, the White House also said “administration investments have helped to support a downtown revitalization that led to the opening of a dozen new businesses in the area.”
Goodnight said the city received about $600,000 in stimulus funds which it used a major renovation of downtown sidewalks. The city has also received more than $1 million in stimulus funds to rehabilitate and resell foreclosed homes; another $1 million which it used to start a fixed-route bus system; and a clean energy grant used to install new energy efficient lights in Foster Park.
• Scott Smith is a Kokomo Tribune staff writer. He may be reached at 765-454-8569 or via e-mail at email@example.com