Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight delivered the State of the City March 14th, declaring that Kokomo must face the dual challenges of increasing the community’s educational level, and increasing the number of Kokomo workers who live in the Kokomo community.
“These two challenges are vital to our long-term future as a community, and won’t be solved in just two or three years,” Mayor Goodnight said. “They will require a long-term strategy. We must understand them, we must face them, and we must overcome them.”
Mayor Goodnight called the community to action, and announced a proposed new program to offer forgivable loans on exterior improvements, for Kokomo residents who currently do not own property in Howard County and out-of-county residents who decide to make Kokomo their home. The program would provide funding for improvements such as siding, windows and porch repairs to residents who purchase a home which has been sitting vacant for several months.