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City of Bloomington, Indiana

Accolades: 

  • Named one of the Top 10 Places to Live by Men's Journal Magazine
  • 2007 National Gold Medal Award Winning Parks & Recreation Department
  • Named one of nation's top Bicycle Friendly Cities
  • Named by USA Today as one of the country's Top College Towns
  • Indiana University named as America's Hottest Big State School by Newsweek Magazine
  • Named among best in "Retire in Style: 60 Outstanding Places Across the USA and Canada"
  • 110 IU programs ranked in the nation's top 20
  • Ranked #6 among top 2007 Best Small Places for Business and Careers by Forbes Magazine
  • IU Kelley School of Business Ranked #2 Public School by the Wall Street Journal
  • Ranked #7 Best Performing City in 2007 by the Milken Institute for our concentration of high- tech jobs
  • Ranked in Top 20 of best cities in America for doing business by Inc. Magazine

Amenities 

  • Hundreds of new jobs & low unemployment
  • Tree City USA & 18,000 public trees
  • Increased investment in paving by 148%
  • 34 parks & 2500 acres of greenspace
  • Fostering strategic growth of the Certified Technology Park
  • Top-notch, award-winning schools
  • Quality health care and a free health clinic
  • Multiple art galleries & festivals
  • Purchase & design of the multi-faceted B-Line Trail
  • Increased investment in pavement striping by 196%
  • Emerging Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District
  • New Joint Small Arms & Live Fire Training Facilities
  • More than 100 new businesses launched in Downtown
  • Increased social services support by 50%
  • Increased investment in sidewalk infrastructure by 100%
  • 250 new bike route signs & 40% increase in creation of bike lane miles
  • Signed US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
  • Launched multiple sustainability initiatives
  • Strong alternative transportation system
  • Enhanced professional management of Downtown parking
  • Police Bicycle & Motorcycle patrol throughout the community
  • Newly created Commission on Sustainability & Commission on Latino and Hispanic Affairs
  • Launched award-winning supported employment program
  • Securing community's long-term water supply
  • Invested $500,000 annually in our Greenways fund
  • Enhanced noise ordinance
  • Leading the Safe Routes to School collaboration
  • New annual Neighborhood Capital Improvements Fund
  • Collaborations with dozens of local organizations & businesses, including Chamber of Commerce, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, IU, Ivy Tech Community College, Middle Way, United Way, Girl Scouts of Tulip Trace, Bloomington Area Arts Council, WFHB, SCORE, MCCSC, Monroe County government
  • Progressive approach to animal welfare
  • $1.2 million in economic investments in local business community, the arts & Downtown