From Kokomo Tribune 9/29/2015
By George Myers
Following years of complications and setbacks, city officials have moved away from Kokomo Recycling and partnered with a new, locally-based company for the implementation of curbside recycling, a decision that brings new jobs to Kokomo.
With the announcement last week that Kokomo will roll out curbside recycling in December – with full implementation by Jan. 1 – Kokomo Director of Operations Randy McKay revealed Monday that the city will partner with Recovery Recycling, Inc. in a probable 10-year contract.
“We’ve looked at a variety of sources to make sure whoever we went with would be able to handle what we think is needed,” said McKay. “The confidence in Kokomo Recycling had been diminished greatly over the last several months. We have now found a company we think works very well with what we need to do to make the program successful.”
I’m pleased to announce the 2015 Jefferson Jackson Dinner
Wednesday, September 23rd
Bel Air Events at Pastariffic
6pm Social Hour. 7pm Dinner
I’m very excited about this years featured speaker: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Mayor Pete is the youngest mayor in a city with a population over 100,000. Like Mayor Goodnight, Mayor Pete is focused on bold innovative ideas that will ensure South Bend is a thriving city for years to come. Mayor Pete and Mayor Goodnight are perfect examples of what great leadership can do for a city, and I’m thrilled to have both of them here for this year’s dinner.Read more
Prior to my senior year of high school, I never paid much attention to local politics. I knew there was change occurring within the city, but beyond that I couldn’t give any details. However, this all changed when I was selected to go to China with Mayor Greg Goodnight in October 2013. I was the student representative for the mayor’s delegation to Kokomo’s sister city, Dongyang, China.
Before this trip, I never had any interactions with the mayor, but after spending a week with him; I realized that we have great leadership in Kokomo. Now I am aware of all the progress the city has made since Mayor Goodnight first began his tenure as mayor in 2008. I am proud to say I was born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana. This November Mayor Greg Goodnight is up for re-election.
Another person included in the delegation to China that I have become well acquainted with is Steve Whikehart. At the time he was working as the City of Kokomo’s Director of Development. Steve has since gone back to working at Ivy Tech and is the program chair of the Education program in the School of Education at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region. Education and helping people is Steve’s passion. Steve is a Kokomo native like myself he possesses so much pride for his hometown. This November Steve Whikehart is running for an at large seat on the Kokomo Common Council.
Since that first trip I have graduated from Kokomo High School and am now attending Indiana University Kokomo. I am majoring in History and Political Science and minoring in Business. In the past year while pursuing my degree, I was working as an international intern for the Kokomo School Corporation’s International Baccalaureate program. In this role I have visited close to twenty countries. I have been to some of the world’s most famous cities, however none have been as great as Kokomo, Indiana. Here in Kokomo, we have a great quality of life and standard of living. With the proper leadership, these can only get better. I intend to stay in Kokomo, become more involved in the affairs of the community, and keep Kokomo moving forward. For this reason, I am working as an intern for the Howard County Democratic Party.
This November we have a chance to re-elect the mayor and our Democratic members of the city council and keep Kokomo moving forward. I, Craig Simon, believe in the vision the Mayor Goodnight and the Common Council have for the City of Kokomo, which is why I will be voting for Greg Goodnight, Steve Whikehart, Bob Hayes, and Mike Kennedy. I know you will too.
Great news out of City Hall today. Mayor Goodnight announced that unemployment has dropped yet again, bringing the jobless rate in Kokomo to its lowest in 15 years! With private business continuing to locate in Kokomo, more and more opportunities are out there for job seekers. The trend Mayor Goodnight has set is not news. Last year Kokomo was ranked among the best place for job seekers, and the city was listed as a "America's Most Affordable City".
The decrease in unemployment rate is a clear sign that the policies of Mayor Goodnight are working. The Mayor has been able to work closely with the private sector to bring new development and investments that job seekers and the employers seeking their skills.
With unemployment declining and population increasing we all can be proud of our city.
But we can't quit now. There is a lot more work to do. Join your neighbors in pledging to vote this November.
By Drake Yeiter
Hi, my name is Drake Yeiter and am proud to present myself as a summer intern for the Howard County Democratic Party. This summer will be a journey and hope that you will be there with me along the way. I am a college student at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana studying Political Science and Spanish. I have always been interested in politics and am beyond excited to experience how local politics works with the Democratic Party and help Mayor Goodnight continue building a better Kokomo. Living in Kokomo the majority of my life, it has been exciting to see the progress of Kokomo under mayor Goodnight. A piece of advice before I left for college that always resonates with me today is “make sure to get outside of yourself” and I believe that this internship is not only providing me practical experience but also providing me the opportunity to be part of something greater than myself by being part of a team and a party that believes in Kokomo.