Inside INdiana Business is reporting Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett used his second State of the City Address to map out plans he says will continue to position the city “to thrive.” Hogsett updated the status of initiatives relating to crime, quality-of-place and blight. He also announced the signing of an executive order for the “Indianapolis Promise,” an initiative designed to bring together government, philanthropic and private sector resources. Hogsett said the effort is designed to provide “a pathway of hope” through quality education options for students in Marion County. He said “most significant of all, the Indianapolis Promise will send a message to young students and their families that the success of our city is inextricably linked to their own success”
As part of Hogsett’s focus on education, he pointed out that 28 percent of county residents hold bachelor’s degrees, a number he would like to see rise, and efforts including better awareness and alignment with local institutions like IUPUI and Ivy Tech Community College are among additional steps that could boost attainment. Hogsett says the Indianapolis Promise will offer encouragement and support for educational programs with a “proven track record of leading directly toward full-employment.”
Hogsett also talked about continuing to support local parks, increasing the proliferation of more energy-efficient street lights throughout the city, as well as a new program designed to rehabilitate, transform or demolish 2,000 blighted homes over the next two years. He says Indianapolis will also continue to leverage investments made downtown into communities and increase measures to reduce gun violence.