By: Mike Rhodes—
Muncie, IN—The Honorable Mayor Dennis Tyler presented his State of the City Address Wednesday afternoon at the Horizon Convention Center. Sponsored by The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The City of Muncie, Mayor Tyler highlighted the municipal achievements of his first term, shared accomplishments from 2015 and revealed his vision for future projects, partnerships and programs. The Muncie Journal live-streamed the presentation in real-time to the Muncie Journal Facebook page.
Mayor Tyler highlighted the Muncie Police Department’s implementation of new body cameras and said there would be more neighborhood policing via bicycle patrols. He reviewed the Muncie Fire Departments Safe Zone Program and the Rapid Intervention Team.
I’ve lived in Muncie all my life. Never have I seen the amount of energy and collaboration in this city as I do right now.—Mayor Dennis Tyler.
Mayor Tyler said there have been major improvements downtown, citing a 98% occupancy rate of downtown residential property. Additionally he said there were 21 new businesses that had located downtown including: Addison Avenue Marketing, Advanced Quality Solutions, BC Digital Marketing, Blow Out Salon, Caregiver’s Kitchen, Coldwell Banker Lunsford, Courtyard Muncie at the Horizon Convention Center, Darrin Sanderson, the Erskine Green Training Institute, George Insurance, Hayloft Boutique, Hoola Technology, Hedijhale Designs, Studio 10K, Studio Exhale, Techwise Academy, The Facing Project, Thr3e Wise Men, Vintage Shoppe Thrift & Gift, Yarn Stories, Yogo & You and the Co:Lab.
Mayor Tyler said Muncie was recently named a “Bronze Level Bicycle Community.”
The Muncie Parks and Recreation Program had over 200 children participate in the soccer program and over 500 children participated in a summer baseball program developed by Harvey Wright.
Mayor Tyler said there were 29 new building permits in Muncie representing a 7.2% increase. He also cited other economic development/quality of life initiatives including: Muncie Energy Park, Kitselman Trailhead, GearBox and the Muncie Makers movement, as well as early childhood educational efforts.
You can listen to the Mayor’s entire presentation recorded by WLBC’s Steve Lindell below.
State of the City Address Part One.
State of the City Address Part Two.
You may view the Mayor’s slide presentation by clicking the image below.
Photos from Mayor Tyler’s State of the City 2016 Address