“He went on to relate that in the early ‘60s, Taylor University suffered a huge loss from a disastrous fire. The university subsequently approached the leadership of Kokomo with a request for a gift of land to the north of the city, and they would relocate the entire university to our community. According to my client, the community leadership responded negatively with the attitude that ‘why would we do that when we already have the Indiana University extension here now?” Well, a small junior college is not the same as a university like Taylor, and in my friend’s opinion it demonstrated the lack of vision that had cost the community the A/B plant.
“I am pleased that in the last 20 years, through the efforts of visionaries like Scott Pitcher, Steve Daily and now Greg Goodnight, our community is making a concerted effort to make Kokomo a ‘choice’ place to live, work and raise a family. Our renovated downtown is a work in progress, as we have seen major enhancements in image. We will soon have another cornerstone in place with the new parking facility. And the effort now in progress to build a new YMCA is a huge piece of the ongoing work of making our community desirable. The upgrading over the years of Indiana University Kokomo with multiple degrees and soon to have campus housing, along with the Ivy Tech facility and Indiana Wesleyan helps complete the picture of Kokomo as a university town.
“No one single thing has or will solve the problem that has kept young professionals from choosing to live in Kokomo. But I’m glad that we have people in leadership who want to make a difference. Perhaps the stars are lining up for us.”
‘Home-grown businesses are the best’
Greg and Jacquelyn Wenger of Russiaville send this Cheer for a local business: