Jobs and Growth
While government doesn’t create jobs, it shouldn’t get in the way of businesses. As a former small businessman, Mike understands the importance of limited government.
Attracting new jobs and growing Jeffersonville’s economy has been Mike’s top priority. And his pro-business agenda is getting results.
- Nearly 3,000 new jobs have come to Jeffersonville. With the arrival of new businesses like Amazon, Catamaran and Fuji Seal, Jeffersonville is bucking the trend. That’s more than all of the jobs created in the four years preceding Mike’s administration.
- We’re keeping jobs right here in Jeffersonville. Existing business have invested over $40 million expanding here in Jeffersonville.
- Private development is in progress near the Big Four Bridge at the old Rose Hill School.
- On Veterans Parkway, Boombozz Pizza and Culver’s are open and plans have been approved for a new Menards that will anchor Jeffersonville’s side of the commercial corridor.
- 10th Street revitalization is now underway with more construction slated in 2016.
- Mike’s hard work is getting noticed. Jeffersonville was named the fourth best place in Indiana for job seekers.
Mike’s strategy is simple – focus on growing our local economy by making Jeffersonville the place to do business.
Quality of Life
To succeed as a community, Mike knows we must improve the quality of life for everyone. Companies are attracted to communities that are a good place to live, work and do business.
Under Mike’s leadership, Jeffersonville is investing in the future by improving quality of life. And it’s making a difference. Jeffersonville was ranked among the best in the State to raise a family.
- The Jeffersonville Public Arts Committee is working on various cultural projects to highlight art in the city, led by a new, innovative public arts administrator.
- More public space is available for families to enjoy such as a newly renovated Vissing Park that opened in 2013. The wonderful new Woehrle Soccer Complex is now open. Jeffersonville’s first city park in the annexed area is about finished.
- The land next to Duffy’s Landing, the city’s last open green space is becoming a new boat launch along with sidewalks along Utica Pike to improve safety in the area.
- Construction is underway on a new marina in downtown to reclaim the beautiful view of The Ohio River. Very soon, boaters will come to “dock, shop and dine” in downtown Jeffersonville.
- The Big Four Bridge is finally open and brining thousands of new people to discovery Jeffersonville’s downtown shops and restaurants.
- Construction is underway at Big Four Station – a park at the foot of the Big Four Bridge with two blocks of green space, a playground, pavilion and water feature.
- A new streetscape has improved Chestnut Street – connecting the Big Four to Spring Street with bicycle lanes
Mike’s vision has helped Jeffersonville recover from the recession. Did you know that the City of Jeffersonville ended last year with a surplus of $9 million? And it’s been done without raising taxes.
- In two years, Mike has cut the Mayor’s office budget nearly 58% – from a high of $480,000 under the prior administration to a six year low of $202,000.
- There are two employees in the Mayor’s office compared to the six employees working for the prior administration when Mike took office in January 2012.
- Mike has instituted other cost saving measures such as spending less on travel. While the prior administration was spending for than $12,000 per year on travel, last year the Mayor’s office spent less than $5,000.
- Nearly $1 million has been saved over the last 2 ½ years due to other cuts and cost saving measures implemented by Mike.
It’s these cost savings that are helping to make our city government leaner and more efficient. But our fiscal discipline isn’t slowing down our progress. Since taking office in January 2012, Mike’s pro-growth policies have helped attract nearly 3,000 new jobs to Jeffersonville.
The numbers speak for themselves. They prove that you can do more for less. With Mike’s continued commitment to streamlining government and cutting wasteful spending, the city’s fiscal health will remain strong.