FRENCH LICK – Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim) announced Seymour has been awarded an Aim Green Community of the Year for their Pollinator Gardens initiative. The city was honored with this award on Thursday, November 3 during the Annual Awards Luncheon – presented by Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, LLC, during the 2022 Aim Ideas Summit in French Lick.

The City of Seymour has transformed several small areas in established parks into a garden for pollinators. The concept is simple – a small garden that attracts bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and more to transfer pollen from flower to flower, or in some cases, within flowers. These small gardens can make a huge difference as pollinators have suffered greatly from loss of habitat, the spread of invasive plant and animal species, and the disappearance of some pollinators. Seymour has steadily replaced grassy and overgrown areas with pollinator gardens over the past couple of years and is now up to over 2,000 square feet of pollinator space.

“The Seymour pollinator gardens are a great example of how municipalities understand their ability to solve problems beyond what many see as the traditional roles of a city or town. This award highlights Seymour’s holistic approach to municipal services and we were excited to showcase the pollinator gardens project as this year’s Green Project of the Year.” said Aim CEO Matt Greller.

Seymour also took home an Aim Program Innovation Award for their Curb Appeal program.

Aim launched the Green Communities Initiative in 2008 in conjunction with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC, to identify potential cost savings to communities facing budget shortfalls, promote economically competitive quality-of-life concepts, and ultimately serve as role models for citizens while better protecting our environment. The initiative has expanded educational opportunities for municipalities. Every year the program honors one outstanding project, which exemplifies the program’s ideals.

Conference Facts:
2022 Aim Ideas Summit
November 2-4, 2022
French Lick Resort
Attendance: 1,000 (pending final registration count)

Since the 1890s, Aim, formerly the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, has been an advocate for Indiana municipalities. Aim is the official voice of municipal government in Indiana, with more than 460 cities and towns as members. Our purpose is to foster, promote and advocate for the success of Hoosier municipalities as laboratories of innovation, hubs of talent and the engines driving our state’s economy.

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