FRENCH LICK – Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim) is honoring the City of Carmel with a 2019 Community Placemaking Award for its Monon Boulevard project. The city will receive the award on August 28 at the Aim Annual Awards Luncheon, presented by Baker Tilly, at this year’s Aim Ideas Summit. Carmel won in the more than 50,000 population category.
Carmel’s Monon Boulevard project is designed to activate the city’s Midtown area through a Complete Street initiative. Midtown has served as an important connection between the city’s Arts and Design District and Carmel City Center, but not a destination in and of itself. The $23 million project aims to breathe new life into the corridor through a multi-modal transportation feaure. The project includes pedestrian, bike and recreational uses and community gathering spaces, along with a one-way lane for vehicles and extended sidewalk space to promote patios and green spaces in Midtown businesses.
Already, the project has acted as a draw for economic development, including new housing, businesses and restaurants.
“Carmel’s Monon Boulevard project is a strong example of the ripple effects infrastructure investment can have on a community,” Aim CEO Matt Greller said. “The project also proves the strong link between a focus on quality of life and economic development. Connectivity is an important feature of any 21st Century community, and Carmel’s project is a trendsetter.”
In its 43rd year, the Aim Annual Awards program, presented by Baker Tilly, recognizes communities and individuals in municipal government for excellence and outstanding achievement. A nine-member panel of qualified judges selected this year’s winners from a competitive field of nominees from around the state.
2019 Aim Ideas Summit
August 27-29, 2019
French Lick Resort
Attendance: 700 (pending final registration count)
Further information: www.aimindiana.org
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.