Carmel is a fast-growing, economically-thriving city located on Indianapolis’ northern border. Over the past two decades, this traditional suburban community has transformed under the leadership of Carmel’s first six-term mayor, Jim Brainard. His strategy to pursue redevelopment of the City’s central core, rather than allow continued suburban sprawl, has led to the making of a vibrant city that is sustainable, walkable and bike-friendly with nearly 200 miles of trails and paths. He was a leader in the transformative belief that quality of life attracts companies and as the redevelopment of the city occurred he began using the arts as an economic development tool.
During Mayor Brainard's terms in office, Carmel has grown in population from 25,000 to almost 100,000. The development of an Arts & Design District, City Center and Midtown Plaza all conveniently located in the heart of the city, has helped create a place where companies want to locate, where employees want to live and where families want to raise their children. Carmel is consistently ranked among top places to live for families, singles, children, senior citizens and veterans based on low crime rates, low cost of living, excellent schools, availability of high paying jobs and appreciation of community amenities such as arts, culture, parks and recreational opportunities.
We continue to build strong ties locally, nationally and internationally through involvement in organizations such as: