Even as Kokomo has tightened its belt in tough economic times, Greg Goodnight knows that making Kokomo a better place to live is still his number one job.
Making Downtown a More Vibrant Place
Under Greg Goodnight's leadership, Kokomo has added pedestrian-friendly bump-outs to downtown intersections, replaced traffic lights with stop signs to reduce traffic speeds, removed 340 parking meters to encourage more visitors to come downtown, took down over 1,300 unsightly and unnecessary road signs, added flower baskets and landscaping, and extended biking and hiking trails throughout downtown. It established a Riverfront district and expanded loans to small businesses moving downtown, luring fourteen new businesses to open their doors in Kokomo. The Kokomo Perspective wrote that "Goodnight literally reshaped downtown Kokomo this year, making it a destination for local residents for the first time in more than a generation."
Investing in Parks and Greenspaces
Even while scaling back the budget of every city department, Goodnight extended walking and biking trails, added new playgrounds to multiple local parks, created two new dog parks, and expanded programing for families and children to enjoy across the city. The city also opened a new Arts Pavilion at Foster Park, which will host a series of free monthly concerts during the summer.
Ground-Breaking Public Transportation
Using federal funding at no cost to local taxpayers, Kokomo has brought back public transportation after a forty-year hiatus, giving residents an affordable and reliable way to get around the city.