Gregory A. Ballard was elected the 48th Mayor of Indianapolis on November 6, 2007 and was re-elected to a second term on November 8, 2011.
Since taking office, Mayor Ballard has presided over six consecutive balanced budgets. He has tasked his administration with increasing efficiencies in city government, improving the level of service to residents and to continue growing Indianapolis as a destination for businesses and families.
For example, in 2010 Mayor Ballard launched RebuildIndy, an unprecedented $400 million+ initiative to rebuild deteriorating and long-neglected thoroughfares, residential streets, sidewalks, and bridges throughout Marion County. He has also become a national leader on issues such as energy, clean water, hunger and education reform.
Mayor Ballard is committed to creating and promoting a culture of inclusiveness for business opportunities, economic growth and sustainability for minority, women and veteran business enterprises.
Mayor Ballard’s leadership has helped to develop a more stable, affordable and pro-growth economic environment in Indianapolis. He continues to focus on attracting new businesses and encouraging existing companies to expand here.
A native Hoosier, Mayor Ballard was raised on the east side of Indianapolis. After earning his undergraduate degree in economics from Indiana University, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines, Mayor Ballard lived all around the U.S. and the world, including serving in the Persian Gulf War. Upon his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years of service, he was awarded the Legion of Merit.
Mayor Ballard resides in Pike Township with Winnie, his wife of 30 years. Their children, Greg, Jr. and Erica, are both graduates of Indiana University.
Indianapolis/Marion County is the twelfth largest city in the United States, and it is by-far one of our country’s most livable big cities. For those who reside and work here, our Indianapolis has a quality about it that makes even the heart of a bustling downtown feel like home. Visitors are drawn from all over the globe to enjoy our top-notch professional sports venues, a thriving convention industry and numerous cultural attractions. And when they arrive, they too experience the Hoosier character and hospitality that make Indianapolis special.
Local Government & Neighborhoods:
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www.developindy.com is Marion County's local economic development organization. Develop Indy is dedicated to attracting new businesses, retaining and expanding existing businesses and serving as a catalyst for capital investment and quality job growth in Indianapolis/Marion County.
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GIPC Receives $1 Million Grant from Lilly Endowment to Develop
Indy’s Bicentennial 2020 Plan
INDIANAPOLIS – The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC), in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, today announced that GIPC has received a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant will enable GIPC to play a lead role in the creation of a comprehensive plan for the City’s future called “The Bicentennial Plan of Indianapolis: Plan 2020.”
“Indy’s success today is due to decades of great planning and leadership,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “This Plan 2020 will combine many different plans that are already in place into a single cohesive document that will help guide city leaders in moving Indy forward.” GIPC will help lead an inclusive planning initiative that will incorporate elements from the Marion County Comprehensive, Thoroughfare, Regional Center, Community Development and Economic Development Plans. It will also include plans developed by other partner organizations such as: IDI’s Velocity Plan, Reconnecting to our Waterways, IndyConnect, Master Bikeways and Greenways, and other quality of life and neighborhood development plans.
“For decades the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee has taken a lead role in helping to chart a bold new future for our City,” said Murray Clark, Chairman of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. “We are extremely excited to be called upon once again to help shape the City’s bicentennial success and beyond.”
The grant from Lilly Endowment will be administered by the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee in partnership with the Department of Metropolitan Development, which will provide subject matter and planning experience.
“There are a number of public and private sector groups and individuals who are passionate about the future of this great city,” said Adam Thies, Director of the Department of Metropolitan Development. “This process will bring into alignment much of their great work along with the various plans we are required to maintain and update at the City and County level.”
This planning process is expected to get underway early next year in the old Indianapolis City Hall. Renovations to prepare the historic facility for hosting the work began yesterday. The team assigned to the project is expected to spend most of 2014 developing the Bicentennial Plan. It will be available for public review, comment and approval by required boards and commissions by the end of 2015.