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2023 News Releases

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

City Accepting Applications to Serve on the Bloomington Board of Public Safety

The City invites residents to apply for an upcoming vacancy on the Bloomington Board of Public Safety. The Board of Public Safety shall have control and oversee the police and fire department of the city pursuant to statute, and shall have the authority to allow and approve claims.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

City Accepting Applications to Serve on the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women

The City invites residents to apply for an upcoming vacancy on the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission on the Status of Women explores women's issues and concerns, celebrates women's accomplishments, and promotes solutions to the problems and challenges faced by women.

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Creation of Building Trades Park Master Plan Begins with Public Meeting Sept. 28

Public meeting scheduled for Sept. 28 in City Hall

Varieties of locally grown apples at the Farmers' Market by Merrill Hatlen

Sample Indiana-Grown Apples at the Farmers' Market Sept. 30

The Bloomington Community Farmers' Market hosts free tastings of more than 18 apple varieties.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on several City boards or commissions

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

City Administration Advances Annexation Litigation

On Wednesday, September 13, the City acted to advance its annexation of west-side Areas 1A and 1B by moving to dismiss its constitutional claims related to those areas in a separate lawsuit the City filed in March 2022.

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2023 La Fiesta del Otoño Celebrates Literature and Culture

Join neighbors and friends in celebrating the City of Bloomington Fiesta del Otoño at the Switchyard Park Pavilion on Saturday, September 16 from noon to 4 p.m.

Calling All Engineers and Builders: Annual Pumpkin Launch Competition Seeks Talent to Propel Fall Fun

Register mechanical pumpkin launch devices by Oct. 9.

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New Gateway to City at Miller-Showers Park

Site improvement work to begin at the park's north end Sept. 6.

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Last Call for Sponsors: Middle Way House and City of Bloomington’s 12th Annual Wrapped in Love Tree Sweater Display

As we look forward to Wrapped in Love 2023, Middle Way House and the City of Bloomington extend a final invitation to potential sponsors.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

Mayor Hamilton Appoints Two Members to Capital Improvement Board

Mayor Hamilton today appointed Mick Renneisen and Adam Thies to the Monroe County Capital Improvement Board (CIB), a new seven-member body created by the County under state law.

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City of Bloomington Shares the Community-wide 2022 Greenhouse Gas Inventory

As part of the City’s commitment to climate action, the Department of Economic and Sustainable Development completed an updated community-wide greenhouse gas inventory.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

September Programs and Events Calendar

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

Arbor Day 2022 tree planting and ceremony at Butler Park in Bloomington

Parks and Recreation to Inventory, Plant Hundreds of Trees in 2023-24

Bloomington, Indiana's first Tree City USA, continues to invest in its urban trees.

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Road Projects Reach Completion; Trees Will Be Planted Downtown; and Fall Leaf Management is Changing

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress. The City makes every effort to provide residents and visitors with updated and accurate information though all projects schedules are weather dependent.

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Mayor Hamilton to Present $249 million Proposed City Budget for 2024

Mayor John Hamilton will present a $249 million combined operating budget to the Bloomington City Council on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 5:30 p.m.

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Neighborhood Associations Unveil Grant-Funded Fitness Equipment in Southeast Park

A Neighborhood Improvement Grant awarded to the Arden Place and Sycamore Knolls Neighborhood Associations was used to install all-ages, outdoor fitness equipment in Southeast Park. The fitness equipment was officially unveiled Aug. 26, 2023.

The City of Bloomington through its Department of Economic and Sustainable Development (the City) is inviting community members to participate in a survey aimed at gathering valuable insights regarding climate change concerns and social vulnerabilities. The survey is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to update the comprehensive Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that was completed in 2020.

City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

Southeast Park fitness station with four pieces of equipment, designed for all ages and ability levels.

New Outdoor Fitness Equipment at Southeast Park and Tapp Road is Resurfaced

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress. The City makes every effort to provide residents and visitors with updated and accurate information though all projects schedules are weather dependent.

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City Saves Money and Increases Sustainability with Changes to Leaf Collection

Vacuum leaf collection will cease in 2023. Beginning this year, residents are encouraged to mulch and compost their leaves on site.

The City of Bloomington through its Department of Economic and Sustainable Development (the City) is inviting community members to participate in a survey aimed at gathering valuable insights regarding climate change concerns and social vulnerabilities. The survey is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to update the comprehensive Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that was completed in 2020.

The City of Bloomington announces Call for Artists for Duke Substation Walls Mural Project

The City of Bloomington, in partnership with Duke Energy, has announced a new public art project to place murals on the Duke Substation walls located at the northwest corner of W 11th St and N Rogers St.

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New Public Wi-Fi Access in Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park and Crestmont Park

As part of continuing efforts to improve digital equity in our community, the City of Bloomington is pleased to announce public Wi-Fi in two additional City parks with work currently underway in two more.

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City of Bloomington Volunteer Fair

The Bloomington Volunteer Network is pleased to announce the return of the City of Bloomington Volunteer Fair. This in-person event will take place on Saturday, September 9th in the City Hall Atrium from 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

The City of Bloomington through its Department of Economic and Sustainable Development (the City) is inviting community members to participate in a survey aimed at gathering valuable insights regarding climate change concerns and social vulnerabilities. The survey is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to update the comprehensive Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that was completed in 2020.

City’s Commission on the Status of Black Males Invites Local Teens to Fourth Annual Black Male Youth Summit

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males (CSBM) invites middle school- and high school-aged males to attend a one-day Black Male Youth Summit at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. Bloomington, IN 47404 on Thursday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The City of Bloomington through its Department of Economic and Sustainable Development (the City) is inviting community members to participate in a survey aimed at gathering valuable insights regarding climate change concerns and social vulnerabilities. The survey is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to update the comprehensive Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that was completed in 2020.

City’s Commission on the Status of Children and Youth Call for 2023 SWAGGER Nominations

The City of Bloomington is seeking nominations for the 2023 SWAGGER (Students Who Act Generously, Grow, and Earn Respect) Awards. Effective nominees have taken action that enhances the lives of those around them through generous acts, personal growth, and the promotion of respect.

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City of Bloomington Awards 2023 Digital Equity Grants Funds to Thirteen Area Nonprofits

The City of Bloomington announces the 2023 Digital Equity Grants awards to support Bloomington-based nonprofit organization efforts to bridge the digital divide and increase digital resources for residents.

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Bloomington Park Safety is Maintained and Southside Roads are Resurfaced

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress. The City makes every effort to provide residents and visitors with updated and accurate information though all projects schedules are weather dependent.

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Bloomington Health Foundation Grant Replaces Vital AED Devices, Brings Additional Sun Safety Programs to Parks and Recreation

A grant for $38,000 replaced 11 AEDs and six shade umbrellas.

The City of Bloomington through its Department of Economic and Sustainable Development (the City) is inviting community members to participate in a survey aimed at gathering valuable insights regarding climate change concerns and social vulnerabilities. The survey is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to update the comprehensive Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that was completed in 2020.

City of Bloomington and U.S. Department of Justice Host United Against Hate Forum

On Thursday, September 7th, from 6-9 p.m., the U.S. Department of Justice and City of Bloomington will host the United Against Hate Forum in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

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Trail Corridor Maintenance Maintains Trail Safety; Overnight Work Along Fountain Drive; and Resurfacing Projects Continue

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress. The City makes every effort to provide residents and visitors with updated and accurate information though all projects schedules are weather dependent.

The City of Bloomington through its Department of Economic and Sustainable Development (the City) is inviting community members to participate in a survey aimed at gathering valuable insights regarding climate change concerns and social vulnerabilities. The survey is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to update the comprehensive Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that was completed in 2020.

City of Bloomington Black y Brown Arts Festival Seeks Artists

The City of Bloomington encourages local artists of color to apply for participation in the Fifth Annual Bloomington Black y Brown Arts Festival (BYB).

New scooter parking corral installed in the 500 block of N College Ave.

City of Bloomington Announces Installation of 50+ Parking Corrals to Enhance Micro-Mobility and Pedestrian Safety

The City of Bloomington is excited to announce a transformative initiative that aims to enhance the accessibility and safety of micro-mobility vehicles, such as e-scooters and e-bikes, within the city.

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Mayor Hamilton Appoints Holly Warren as Interim Director of Economic and Sustainable Development Department

Mayor John Hamilton announced today that Holly Warren will serve as Interim Director of the Economic and Sustainable Development Department (ESD) effective August 7, succeeding current ESD Director Alex Crowley, who stepped down effective August 4.

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Celebrate the 12th Annual Wrapped in Love Public Art Display

Middle Way House and the City of Bloomington invite the community to a night of celebration—enjoy food and refreshments from local vendors, learn about Middle Way House’s services, and celebrate the 12th annual Wrapped in Love tree sweater display!

Concrete curbs being poured around the pad that upon which fitness equipment will be installed at Southeast Park.

Rogers Family Park is Dedicated; The Intersection of 17th and Kinser Pike Has Been Reopened to Traffic; and Downtown Curb Ramp Project is Nearing Completion

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress. The City makes every effort to provide residents and visitors with updated and accurate information though all projects schedules are weather dependent.

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City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Director Shatoyia Moss Announced as New Obama Foundation United States Leader

Safe and Civil City Director Shatoyia Moss is among the first cohort of 100 emerging changemakers selected to participate in the Obama Foundation’s Leaders USA program.

The City of Bloomington through its Department of Economic and Sustainable Development (the City) is inviting community members to participate in a survey aimed at gathering valuable insights regarding climate change concerns and social vulnerabilities. The survey is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to update the comprehensive Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that was completed in 2020.

Youth Artists' and Growers' Day at the Market; Live Music in Switchyard and Peoples Parks; and 50th Anniversary of the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage, socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and with the City and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.

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2023 Community Survey Results Highlight Residents’ Perceptions of Quality of Life, Community Challenges

Summary of the results of the fourth biennial city-wide survey.

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Commission on the Status of Black Males to Welcome Students on the First Day of School at Fairview Elementary

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males (CSBM) will join area fathers, father figures, caregivers, mentors, and role models to welcome students back to school in person on Wednesday, August 2 at 8:30 a.m. at Fairview Elementary School, 500 West 7th Street.  

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Night Time paving on E 3rd St.; Improvement to Bryan Park Pool’s Limestone Lagoon; and Work Continues on the Bicentennial Bond Griffy Loop Trail Project

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress. The City makes every effort to provide residents and visitors with updated and accurate information though all projects schedules are weather dependent.

The City of Bloomington through its Department of Economic and Sustainable Development (the City) is inviting community members to participate in a survey aimed at gathering valuable insights regarding climate change concerns and social vulnerabilities. The survey is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to update the comprehensive Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that was completed in 2020.

Bloomington Arts Commission announces recipients of the 2023 Arts Project Grant Cycle

The City of Bloomington Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2023 Arts Project Grant Cycle. Arts Project Grants are meant to help offset costs incurred by local artists and arts groups facilitating public-facing arts projects. 

The City of Bloomington through its Department of Economic and Sustainable Development (the City) is inviting community members to participate in a survey aimed at gathering valuable insights regarding climate change concerns and social vulnerabilities. The survey is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to update the comprehensive Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that was completed in 2020.

Grants and Scholarships are Available for Businesses and Residents in the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone

The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) is pleased to announce the availability of three grant programs to support small business owners in the Enterprise Zone, as well as one scholarship program to support residents.

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Public Invited to Hopewell Groundbreaking

Mayor John Hamilton, the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission (RDC), and City of Bloomington Capital Improvements, Inc. (CBCI) invite community members to attend a groundbreaking for infrastructure that will serve the Hopewell neighborhood.

Photo of St. Nick dancing to The Dynamics at the 2022 Holiday Market in front of Bloomington's City Hall.

City's Holiday Market Accepting Vendor Applications from Local, Regional Artists

To receive full consideration for this juried fair, apply by Aug. 25.

Red barn and restored native prairie at Rogers Family Park in July 2023.

Bloomington Parks Foundation, City of Bloomington Parks & Recreation Department to Dedicate Rogers Family Park August 4

Former "Goat Farm" park will be renamed in recognition of land and funds donated by the Sherman and Meredith Rogers family.

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Mayor Hamilton Appoints Angela Van Rooy as Interim Communications Director and Crystal Ritter as Interim Public Engagement Director

Mayor John Hamilton announced today the appointments of Angela Van Rooy as Interim Communications Director and Crystal Ritter as Interim Public Engagement Director for the City of Bloomington, effective July 17, 2023.

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Youth Artists' and Growers' at the Market; Concerts in the Parks; and Paddleboarding on Griffy Lake

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage, socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and with the City and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.

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Local Air Quality Concerns from Canadian Wildfires

Local Bloomington area residents may have been aware of a haze in the air, which affected the air quality and reduced visibility.  The haze was a result of the widespread wildfires actively burning throughout Canada.

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Annual Drinking Water Quality Report Shared by City of Bloomington Utilities

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) published their annual drinking water quality report, providing information about local drinking water quality

The City of Bloomington through its Department of Economic and Sustainable Development (the City) is inviting community members to participate in a survey aimed at gathering valuable insights regarding climate change concerns and social vulnerabilities. The survey is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to update the comprehensive Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that was completed in 2020.

City of Bloomington Seeking Community Input on Climate Change Concerns and Social Vulnerabilities through Survey

The City of Bloomington through its Department of Economic and Sulimate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that was completed in 2020.

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

New Trail at Griffy Lake and Resurfacing on S College Ave

Spectrum Trail Design began work this week on construction of a new, four-mile hiking trail on the south side of Griffy Lake. Department of Public Works Street Division crews are scheduled to resurface S Franklin Rd from W 3rd Street to end of maintenance and S College Ave from W 4th Street to W Dodds St.

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“Wrapped in Love” Public Art Display Seeking Sponsors and Fiber Artists: Annual Middle Way House Program Now a Partnership with the City of Bloomington

The public art display “Wrapped in Love,” our community’s annual tradition of adorning City trees with sweaters crafted by local fiber artists in in order to raise awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking

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Commission on the Status of Women Announces Call-Out for Women-Owned Businesses, Health Organizations/Non-Profits, and Female Artisans to Participate in Women’s Market

The City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women will host a Women’s Market at City Hall on August 26th (Women’s Equality Day) from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. This event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women. 

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City boards or commissions.

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Work Continues on Street Resurfacing and ADA Curb Ramps

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

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City Awards Three Neighborhood Improvement Grants

The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) is pleased to announce three recipients of the 2023 Neighborhood Improvement Grant. Awardees are: the Bloomington Housing Authority Resident Council (BHARC), the Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association, and the Woodlands Winding Brook Homeowners Association.

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City Receives Updated Street, Sidepath, Sidewalk and Accessible Curb Ramp Condition Data

During Wednesday’s, June 7, City Council meeting, the Department of Public Works (DPW) Street Division presented a citywide assessment recently completed of the current condition of streets, sidewalks, multiuse paths and accessible curb ramps.

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Multi-year Project to Eradicate Invasive Species in Griffy Lake is Successful; More Streets are Resurfaced; and ADA Ramps are Updated

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

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City to Host Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Switchyard Park

The City of Bloomington will host a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 17, from 2 - 7 p.m. at Switchyard Park. Juneteenth is the annual national commemoration of the ending of slavery, which Black Americans have celebrated since the late 19th century. 

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City Launches New Employee Tuition Reimbursement Pilot Program

Mayor Hamilton today announced a new tuition reimbursement pilot program for eligible employees continuing efforts to be an employer of choice in Bloomington. City Council approved the new program as part of the 2023 Budget, and the pilot is in addition to receiving extensive new and ongoing benefits announced earlier in 2023.

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Bloomington Named Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community for Third Time by League of American Bicyclists

On May 31st of this year, the League of American Bicyclists honored the efforts of Bloomington to build better places for people to bike with a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award. BFC recognizes communities at five levels – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze (plus an honorable mention category) and Bloomington joins 506 communities across the country in the movement for safer streets and better bicycling for everyone. The award recognizes Bloomington for its commitment to creating transportation and recreational resources that benefit its residents of all ages and abilities while encouraging healthier and more sustainable transportation choices. 

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City of Bloomington Utilities Notice of Drinking Water Violation

In the month of April, City of Bloomington Utilities’ routine monthly samples of total organic carbon (TOC) were not reported to the state of Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) due to an error in shipping. This resulted in a violation (327 IAC 8-2.5-20 Failure to sample and/or report results) of drinking water standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This event was reported to IDEM on May 9th, 2023.

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Mayor Hamilton Calls on City Council to Pass Resolution Supporting Driver Cards for Undocumented Indiana Residents

Mayor Hamilton will call on the Bloomington City Council at their June 7 meeting to consider and adopt a resolution indicating support for a driver card for undocumented Indiana residents. 

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission.

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Rose Hill Scatter Garden Monument is Installed; Detour at 17th and Kinser; and Streets are Being Resurfaced

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

City Releases 2022 Annual City Goals Year-End Update

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Switchyard Park Concert Series; Juneteenth Celebration; Outdoor Programs; and Monroe Water Treatment Plant Tour –June Events and Programs

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and within the City, and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.

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City of Bloomington Wears Orange to Honor Survivors of Gun Violence

The City of Bloomington invites the community to observe National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Friday, June 2, and join in events raising awareness about gun violence during Wear Orange weekend.

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Bryan Park and Mills Pools Are Opening; 10th Street Railroad Overpass Retaining Wall is Repaired; and Public Works Continues Resurfacing Streets

Bloomington, Ind. – Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

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Vehicles With Six or More Unpaid Citations are Now Subject to Towing

In accordance with a new city code passed by City Council in late 2022 and being implemented June 12, vehicles with six or more unpaid citations may now be towed and impounded. Once towed, the vehicle owner must provide proof that the parking citations have been paid before the vehicle will be released. The City of Bloomington Parking Services division will begin notifying vehicle owners with multiple citations via email and U.S. Mail with information and steps to avoid being towed (provided at the links below) prior to June 12.

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Indiana Court of Appeals Rules for City and Rejects Early Appeal by Remonstrators

On Friday, May 19, a three-judge panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals unanimously denied county residents opposing annexation an early appeal of the trial court’s ruling that they cannot have a second 90-day remonstrance period. This decision affirms the path for the annexation trial to proceed; it is scheduled from November 13 through 17 of this year.

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Mayor Attends CDFI Friendly America Convening in Evansville

Mayor John Hamilton and CDFI Friendly Bloomington (CFB) Executive Director Jane Kupersmith attended the kickoff event for CDFI Friendly Evansville Region, the newest sibling organization in the CDFI Friendly America (CFA) network. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and the CDFI Friendly Evansville Region Advisory Group hosted 150 individuals, including community and CDFI partners, at the University of Evansville Campus on May 17.

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Video Update: Innovation

In today’s video update, Mayor John Hamilton and Innovation Director Devta Kidd discuss innovation at the City of Bloomington.

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Griffy Loop Trail Dam Crossing Will Be Constructed; Public Meeting for E Allen Greenway Connector is Scheduled; and Hopewell Phase 1 East Infrastructure Project Funding is Approved

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

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Public Invited to Provide Input about Local Transportation Projects

The Bloomington-Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMCMPO) will hold a hybrid Public Information Meeting on Monday, May 22, from 6-8 p.m. in Council Chambers at Bloomington City Hall with the goal of gaining public input for the development of the 2024-2028 Transportation Improvement Program

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City boards or commissions:

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Residents are Invited to Apply for 2023 Residents Academy

The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) invites residents to apply for the 2023 Residents Academy, to be held on ten consecutive Thursday evenings from August 24th to October 26th, from 6-8 p.m. Sessions include presentations by City staff, as well as demonstrations and tours of City facilities.

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City of Bloomington Violence Reduction Grant Applications Available

Mayor John Hamilton has designated $125,000 in funding directly to support community-based efforts to prevent, intervene and reduce violence in Bloomington. The City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department will administer the new Community-Based Violence Reduction Grants – a project to invest annually in evidence-based violence prevention projects offered by neighborhood-based agencies and organizations in Bloomington.

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on Historic Preservation Commission

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission.

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City’s Data Portal and Dashboards Receive Tyler's 2023 Excellence Award for Data & Transparency

The City of Bloomington has been awarded the 2023 Tyler's Excellence Award for Data & Transparency for its updated data portal and new dashboards at data.bloomington.in.gov. The Data & Transparency award “recognizes organizations that have used Tyler solutions to creatively and transparently communicate valuable data to their communities and used those insights to make data-driven decisions.”

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Bloomington and Monroe County Human Rights Commissions Join to Better Serve All Residents

The City of Bloomington and Monroe County have entered into an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement to form a joint Bloomington/Monroe County Human Rights Commission, which will absorb the work of prior separate city and county human rights commissions. On May 3, the Bloomington City Council and the Monroe County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve both the agreement and corresponding changes to their respective human rights ordinances to create and empower the joint Commission.  

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New Parking Area at Goat Farm Park; Road Closures Can be Followed Online; and Road Resurfacing Continues

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

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City Launches New Public Records Request Management Software

The City of Bloomington is excited to announce the launch of NextRequest, a public records management system designed to improve transparency, efficiency, and consistency in responding to public records requests.

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Video Update: Bloomington Cooperative Living

In this week’s video update, Mayor John Hamilton and Bloomington Cooperative Living (BCL) Board Member Hugh Farrell discuss affordable housing and the BCL. 

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Bloomington Nonprofits Invited to Apply for 2023 Digital Equity Grants

The City of Bloomington invites nonprofit organizations to apply for funding to support their efforts to bridge the digital divide and increase digital resources for residents.  The Digital Equity Grants program will award $50,000 in funds to Bloomington-based nonprofits, with 2023 proposals accepted digitally Monday, May 8 through 5 p.m. on Friday, June 16.

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Bloomington’s Tree Canopy Grows; Traffic Calming on Maxwell; and More Street Resurfacing

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

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Bloomington Transit Will Enhance Paratransit and Microtransit Service and Upgrade Dispatch/Vehicle Location System with Help from New Federal Funds

Bloomington Transit (BT) will receive $1,100,000 in Bus Facilities Program funds to support ADA-Accessible Paratransit/Microtransit Vehicles and CAD/AVL (Computer-Aided Dispatch/Automatic Vehicle Location) Equipment Replacement and Upgrades. 

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Pools and Spray Pad Open; Concerts in Peoples Park; and the Hidden River is Revealed–May Events and Programs

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and within the City, and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.

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Video Update: New Fiber Network's Digital Equity Program

In this week’s video update, Mayor John Hamilton and Bloomington Housing Authority Administrator Leon Gordon discuss the new fiber internet network and the impact of the innovative digital equity program.

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Miller-Showers Park Parking Lot Reopens; Street Paving Season is Underway; and 17th Street is Getting Accessible Sidewalk Curb Ramps

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

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Utilities Experiences Sanitary Sewer Breach at Grimes Lane and Clear Creek

On Wednesday, April 26, the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) identified a possible sanitary sewer breach at Grimes Lane and Clear Creek flowing south through Switchyard Park. A contractor operating in the area damaged the sanitary sewer pipe resulting in leakage into Clear Creek. 

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Traffic Calming on Maxwell Lane; Paving Season Begins; and Sunday Bus Rides are Free Through April

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

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Celebrate the City’s 1st Annual Bike to Earth Day at Switchyard Park Event on April 22

The City of Bloomington’s climate action platform Zero In Bloomington is teaming up with the City’s alternative transportation platform, Go Bloomington to host the 1st annual Bike to Earth Day at Switchyard Park event.

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Video Update: Hopewell Neighborhood

In today’s video update, Mayor John Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael discuss Hopewell.

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City boards or commissions.

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City Announces Upgrade of Open Data Portal

The City of Bloomington is pleased to announce the update of its award-winning “B-Clear” data portal (https://data.bloomington.in.gov/). The new data portal provides users with an improved ability to view data, analyze data sets, and create visualizations of City data using visualization tools within the portal or with external data analysis and visualization software. 

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Bloomington Community Survey Now Open to All Residents

Beginning this week, the 2023 Bloomington Community Survey became open to all residents interested in participating. The survey may be accessed at https://polco.us/Bloomington2023.

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City Council Approves $3 Million for Tech Center

On Wednesday, April 12, the Bloomington City Council voted to appropriate $3 million towards funding construction of a new technology center in the Trades District. This allocation draws from the Bloomington Community Revitalization and Enhancement District (CRED) funds. Additional funding for the project comprises $3.5 million from the United States Economic Development Administration (US EDA) and nearly $2 million from the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission (RDC). Construction is expected to begin this fall and be complete by early 2025.

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Annexation: Common Questions Answered

Over the last several weeks, a considerable amount of misinformation has been shared about annexation, including costs, process, and defending city rights. We want to set the record straight on common recurring questions.

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Video Update: Your City at Work

In today’s weekly video update, Mayor John Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael discuss a new messaging series, “Your City at Work.”

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Water is Turned on in City Parks; Four-Way Stop Installed at 7th and Dunn; Increased Sunday Service & Free Rides at Bloomington Transit

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

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College Avenue and Walnut Street Corridor Study Calls for Community Input

The City of Bloomington’s Planning and Transportation Department is launching a Corridor Study of College Avenue and Walnut Street based on recommendations from the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Plan. As our central north/south transportation corridors, College and Walnut, serve as gateways to our community as well as the front door for hundreds of local businesses and thousands of residents. However, in this critical corridor, there are challenges too: the sidewalks, ramps, and crosswalks along the corridor do not all meet current accessibility standards; many bus stops lack shelters; and each year, several hundred motor vehicle crashes occur along the length of the corridors. 

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on Housing Quality Appeals Board and Environmental Commission

he City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on the Housing Quality Appeals Board and Environmental Commission.

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City to Install All-Way Stop at the Intersection of 7th and Dunn

The intersection of E 7th St and N Dunn St is being converted from a one-way stop-controlled intersection to an all-way stop-controlled intersection. City Engineer Andrew Cibor ordered the all-way stop via a 180-day order (https://bton.in/feF6m) pursuant to Bloomington Municipal Code § 15.08.040.

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Statement from Mayor Hamilton Regarding Recent Federal Abortion Ruling in Texas

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Video Update: Project 46

In today's video update, Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop, Nashville Town Manager Sandie Jones, and Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton discuss Project 46, a new regional climate change alliance.

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Outdoor Dining Returns to Kirkwood; High-Speed Fiber Installation Continues; and Public Art is Installed at the Goat Farm

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

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City Announces Partnership with Indianapolis Zoo

The City is launching a pilot program with the Indianapolis Zoo that encourages residents to reduce invasive and undesirable plants on their properties and donate them to the Zoo for animal food.

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City Congratulates and Celebrates 2023 Be More Award Recipients

The City of Bloomington is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Be More Awards, which honor exceptional community volunteers and promote volunteerism and civic engagement in our community. The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network received wonderful, heartfelt nominations for the Be More Awards; this year's Selection Committee did not have an easy task.

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Farmers’ Market Opens for the Season; MLK Remembrance Week; and Arbor Day at Switchyard Park–April Events and Programs

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage, socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and within the City, and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.

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Hoosier Fiber Networks, GigabitNow, and City Provide Update on High Speed Fiber Project

Join Mayor John Hamilton and representatives from Hoosier Fiber Networks and GigabitNow in the South Griffy neighborhood (https://bton.in/4mU-Y) for exciting updates on the high-speed fiber project.

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Video Update: Community Survey

Join Mayor John Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael as they discuss the 2023 Community Survey.

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Mayor at the Market Returns for the First Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market of the Season

The Bloomington Community Farmers' Market opens for the 2023 season on Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Showers Common, 401 N. Morton Street, next to Bloomington's City Hall. Mayor John Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael will both be at the first market of the season from 10 a.m.-noon, ready to greet and chat with the Bloomington community. Find them by looking for the Mayor at the Market signage on the north end of the market next to the Parks Department tent. 

Regional Leaders Launch Project 46: New Bipartisan, Cross-Sector, Multi-County Climate Change Alliance

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City Launches Zero In Bloomington Earth Day Challenge on April 1 in Celebration of Earth Month

The City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic and Sustainable Development is pleased to announce the Earth Day Community Challenge for Bloomington residents will kick off on April 1. 

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A Week of Remembrance Celebrating African American History in Bloomington through Art and Storytelling

In an effort to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and promote the acceptance of diversity in the community, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission is planning a week of remembrance and celebration of African American history in Bloomington through art and storytelling. This week begins on Tuesday, April 4, which marks the 55th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s tragic and untimely death. Each year, the MLK Commission remembers the terrible event that occurred on the balcony of the Memphis Lorraine Motel in 1968, where Dr. King was in support of Black sanitation workers who were on strike and demanding safer working conditions and better pay.

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on a City board or commission.

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Regional Leaders Gather To Launch Bipartisan, Cross-Sector Climate Change Efforts

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop, Nashville Town Manager Sandie Jones, and Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton invite the public to attend an announcement on Friday, March 24, at Nashville Town Hall about the next steps of working together in a bipartisan, cross-sector, multi-county effort to address climate change.

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Fourth Community-Wide City Survey of Resident Opinions Begins This Week

Beginning this week, the City of Bloomington will ask residents to participate in the 2023 Bloomington Community Survey. This fourth community-wide, biennial, scientific survey of Bloomington residents since 2017 is again being administered by National Research Center, Inc. (NRC).

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Utilities Accepting Proposals for 2023 Residential Stormwater Grants

The City of Bloomington Utilities Department (CBU) invites homeowners to apply for funding through the fifth annual Residential Stormwater Grants Program. CBU helps homeowners pay for environmentally friendly drainage projects such as rain gardens, bioswales, and detention-pond maintenance. CBU will host a public information meeting about the grant application process and project requirements on Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Utilities Service Center, 600 E. Miller Drive.

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Dogs and Puppies Seized from Hoarding/Unauthorized Breeding Operation; Fosters and Donations Needed

On Friday, March 17, the City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control (BACC) seized 68 dogs and puppies from a hoarding/unauthorized breeding operation. These animals were taken with the assistance of the Bloomington Police Department (BPD) and the Animal Management Officers from the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.

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Video Update: Public Safety Investments Check-in

In today's video update, Mayor Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Carmichael provide an update on the new public safety investments, including the new public safety headquarters. At its January 25 meeting, the City Council approved appropriating proceeds from the recently approved public safety bonds (https://bton.in/OBxjM) for public safety facility improvements, including the purchase of 320 W. 8th Street, a section of the Showers Building adjacent to City Hall.  

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City Partners with Artist Pop-up Collective One Drop to Host Art Exhibition Underground at Fourth Street Garage Storefront

The City of Bloomington is partnering with Indianapolis-based art collective One Drop to produce an exhibition titled Underground featuring over 20 local and regional emerging BIPOC artists in the Fourth Street Garage Storefront from Friday, March 17 - Saturday, May 13. The exhibition will feature work across artistic media, including collages by Honey Hodges, textiles by Beatrice Atencah, and photographs by the 2023 LensCulture Top prize recipient, Justin Carney. Hodges, Atencah, and Carney are among several local artists featured in the exhibition. 

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Ticket Sales Extended for the 2023 Women’s History Month Luncheon

Ticket sales have been extended for The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women’s 2023 Women’s History Month Luncheon. The luncheon will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at the Monroe Convention Center at 302 S. College Ave. in Bloomington. 

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Utilities and Public Works Update City Council on Winston Thomas Site

During Wednesday night's City Council meeting, City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) Director Vic Kelson and Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Adam Wason updated council members on the recommended move of CBU to the Winston Thomas site and centralizing DPW at the current Miller Drive campus. 

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Video Update: State of the City Recap

Join Mayor John Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael as they discuss the State of the City event held on February 23 at the Waldron Arts Center.

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Prescribed Fire March 9 Will Improve Plant Diversity at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

The Nature Trail and Hiking Trail will be closed during and for one day after the prescribed fire.

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Hopewell Neighborhood to Receive $1.8 million from The Indiana Uplands READI Steering Committee and Regional Opportunity Initiatives

Bloomington will receive $1.8 million in Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI)funding for construction on Jackson Street as part of the new Hopewell neighborhood. This housing investment was approved by the Indiana Uplands READI Steering Committee and the Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) Board of Directors, and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The Indiana Uplands is an 11-county region encompassing Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen, and Washington counties.

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Another Season of Outdoor Dining on Kirkwood Begins April 3

The City of Bloomington is pleased to announce another Expanded Outdoor Dining season. This program closes 2 ½ blocks of Kirkwood Avenue to all for expanded outdoor dining and a pedestrian thoroughfare, and parklets, which expands outdoor dining in parking spaces closed off by orange jersey barriers directly outside the participating businesses in the downtown area. 

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Video Update: Affordable Housing

Join Mayor John Hamilton and Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Director John Zody as they discuss three affordable housing focus areas–housing security, rental housing, and home ownership. 

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City Reminds Residents of “No Turn on Red” at 82 Downtown Locations to Protect Cyclists and Pedestrians

In April of 2021, the Bloomington City Council voted unanimously to add nearly 80 “No Turn on Red” signs in the downtown and campus areas to increase safety. Both the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission and the Traffic Commission endorsed the measure, which was taken to protect pedestrians and cyclists, the most vulnerable users of roads, in the areas of heaviest pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

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March Brings Spring Break Fun; Kittens Needing Care, and Car Seat Safety

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and with the City, and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.

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City Asks Court to Strike Down State Legislation As Second Unconstitutional Interference with Annexation

On Monday, February 27, the City of Bloomington filed a motion in City of Bloomington v. Smith asking Special Judge Kelsey Hanlon to strike down legislation the Indiana General Assembly passed in 2019 that voided most of Bloomington’s existing sewer extension contracts. In its motion, the City argues that the legislation violates state and federal constitutional provisions protecting contracts from retroactive impairment by state law.

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Nominations Sought for 2023 Bloomington Human Rights Award

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission (BHRC) is seeking nominations for the 2023 Human Rights Award, recognizing an individual or group that has made specific, significant contributions to improving civil rights, human relations, or civility in our community.

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Trial Court Agrees with City and Strikes Down Annexation Remonstrators’ Request for Extra Time for Signatures

On Friday, February 24, Special Judge Nathan Nikirk agreed with the City’s position and denied the unusual request for a second 90-day remonstrance period from residents in annexation Areas 1A and 1B. Judge Nikirk issued the ruling in County Residents Against Annexation v. the City of Bloomington.

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Mayor Hamilton Names Four Board Members for City of Bloomington Capital Improvements 501c3

On Friday, March 3, four community members will be appointed to the City of Bloomington Capital Improvements, Inc. (CBCI) board. Mayor John Hamilton has identified Mick Renneisen, Sarah Bauerle Danzman, John West, and Valerie Peña to be the first four members to serve on the CBCI. Under the draft Bylaws of CBCI, the Bloomington City Council is identified to appoint a fifth member. CBCI is a new 501c3 nonprofit corporation established to advance several initiatives in the interests of the community, particularly related to Bloomington in three potential areas - housing and Hopewell, the arts, and technology/jobs.

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Video Update: Public Safety Report & New Down Payment Housing Program for Sworn Police and Fire

Join Mayor John Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael as they discuss the recent Public Safety Report and the new $100,000 down payment housing program for sworn police and fire.

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Mayor Hamilton to Present Eighth State of the City Address: Your Future is Here

Mayor John Hamilton presents his eighth annual State of the City address to the community at the John Waldron Arts Center. All are invited to attend the free event. 

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Josefa Madrigal Named Chief of Staff in the Office of the Mayor

Mayor John Hamilton announced today that Josefa Madrigal, a former Bloomington police officer and the current Latino Outreach Coordinator for the City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department, will become Chief of Staff in the Office of the Mayor, effective February 24. 

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City boards or commissions.

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Black History Month Gala Culminates Month-long Celebration

The City of Bloomington invites the community to attend the 19th Annual Black History Month Gala, which will take place on Saturday, February 25, beginning at 6 p.m. The ticketed public event will be held at Woolery Mill (2250 W. Sunstone Dr., Bloomington, IN). Tickets are available in advance through the Buskirk-Chumley Box Office, online at bctboxoffice.org, or by phone at 812-323-3020.  

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Video Update: New City Limit Welcome Signs

Join Mayor John Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael as they discuss new welcome signs to be located at city limits.

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City Engineering Department Holds Public Informational Meeting About B‐Line Trail Extension and Multiuse Path Project

The City of Bloomington Engineering Department is inviting Bloomington residents and business owners to a public informational meeting for the B‐Line Trail Extension and Multiuse Path project. The meeting will be held at the Tri‐North Middle School Performance Center at 1000 W 15th Street on Wednesday, February 22, at 6 p.m. 

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Scholarships for Businesses to Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Available Through Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association

The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) is launching the first of several 2023 grants with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Anti-racism Training Business Scholarships. Businesses within the BUEA Zone, which is an area north, west, and south of downtown Bloomington, may apply for up to $1,000 of funding.

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Bloomington Arts Commission Announces 2023 Grant Cycles

The Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC), in collaboration with the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA), has announced its 2023 grant cycles to fund the arts and cultivate cultural experiences in Bloomington.

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Workshop Opportunity for Contractors Interested in Bidding on City Projects

The Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA), in partnership with the City of Bloomington’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Department (HAND) and Ivy Tech Community College’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, is hosting a building contractor workshop to provide opportunities to learn about how to become a contractor to bid on small- to mid-scale construction projects.

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City Commission on the Status of Women to Honor Local Women at Women’s Achievement Celebration

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women announces the 2023 Women’s Achievement Award winners. These winners will be honored and recognized at the 2023 Women’s History Month Luncheon on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at the Monroe Convention Center. 

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Video Update: Neighborhood Improvement Grants

Join Deputy Mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael and Neighborhood Services Program Manager Angela Van Rooy as they discuss the 2023 Neighborhood Improvement Grants. The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) invites residents to apply for City funding to improve their neighborhoods.

City Announces New $100,000 Down Payment Housing Program for Sworn Police and Fire; Public Safety Report Highlights 1% Decrease in Overall Crime

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City Accepting Nominations for Be More Awards Honoring Volunteers

The City of Bloomington and Mayor John Hamilton encourages all community members to nominate outstanding volunteers for the Be More Awards, the community volunteer awards presented by the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, a program of the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department. Nominations are being accepted through March 5, 2023, at bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org/bemore. 

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City Accepting Nominations for Be More Awards Honoring Volunteers

The City of Bloomington and Mayor John Hamilton encourages all community members to nominate outstanding volunteers for the Be More Awards, the community volunteer awards presented by the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, a program of the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department. Nominations are being accepted through March 5, 2023, at bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org/bemore. 

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Bloomington Fire and Police Chiefs, Community and Family Resources Director Present Seventh Annual Public Safety Report

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton invites the press and the public to attend the seventh annual joint Public Safety Report to the community on February 9. The presentation will update the community on the state of public safety in Bloomington and the City’s continuous efforts to improve it.

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City Commission on the Status of Women Announces the 2023 Women’s History Month Luncheon

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women announces the 2023 Women’s History Month Luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at the Monroe Convention Center, located at 302 S. College Ave. in Bloomington. 

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Video Update: $1.9 million READI Grant for Local Infrastructure Project

Join Deputy Mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael and Economic and Sustainable Development Director Alex Crowley as they discuss the recent $1.9 million grant from the Indiana Uplands READI Steering Committee and Regional Opportunity Initiatives for a local infrastructure project.

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Update on Hoosier Networks Fiber-Network Project Construction

Construction of the new city-wide fiber-to-the-home network is vigorously underway, with more than 150,000 feet of underground fiber optic conduit already installed. 

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Bloomington Celebrates Black History Month, Adopt-a-Rabbit Month, and Looks Forward to Spring and Summer Events

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and within the City, and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.

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Indiana Uplands READI Steering Committee and Regional Opportunity Initiatives Invest $1.9 million in Local Infrastructure Project

Bloomington will receive $1.9 million in grant funding through the state's Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) program. The investment, which affects innovative infrastructure, was reviewed and approved by the Indiana Uplands READI Steering Committee and Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The Indiana Uplands is an 11-county region encompassing Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen, and Washington counties.

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Residents Invited to Rally in Support of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Community

In response to the racially motivated violent attack of an Asian student that took place on a Bloomington Transit bus Wednesday, January 11, 2023, the City of Bloomington, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), Indiana University, and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) invite the community to a rally on February 4 in support of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community. 

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Statement from Mayor Hamilton and Police Chief Diekhoff

On January 7 of this year, Tyre Nichols, a resident of Memphis, TN, was pulled over for what police said was reckless driving. During the stop, Nichols was aggressively and brutally beaten by police, which resulted in his death three days later on January 10. Yesterday, January 27, The City of Memphis released body cam and surveillance footage of the traffic stop. The videos showed abhorrent behavior of law enforcement as well as an appalling disregard for his well-being after the beating. 

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City Farmers' Market Accepting Proposals, Applications for Vending Spaces at 2023 Saturday Market

Proposals from Food and Beverage Artisans and Applications from Farmers due Feb. 24

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Activating a New 501c3: Frequently Asked Questions

On January 13, the City announced the activation of a new 501c3 nonprofit to advance several initiatives. We’ve created a Frequently Asked Questions document that answers common questions we’ve received, and it will be updated regularly.

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City Council Approves Investments in Fire and Purchase of CFC Showers Building for Unified Public Safety

Last night, the City Council approved appropriating proceeds from the recently approved public safety bonds (https://bton.in/OBxjM) for public safety facility improvements, including the purchase of 320 W. 8th Street, a section of the Showers Building adjacent to City Hall. 

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Indiana University Prison Arts Initiative Student Exhibition Opens at City Hall

The City of Bloomington will host the exhibition Free to Wonder: The Indiana University Prison Arts Initiative Student Exhibition in City Hall’s Atrium Gallery from January 26 - February 17, 2023. The exhibition will feature work by 10 students from Putnamville Correctional Facility who took classes in visual arts techniques, creative writing, and bookmaking taught by former and current IU graduate instructors during fall 2022. An opening reception will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 3 in the City Hall Atrium at 401 N Morton Street and will feature remarks by IUPAI facilitators and teachers.

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Upcoming Winter Weather in Bloomington

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Warning for the Bloomington area beginning tonight at 1 a.m. Wednesday. The latest weather forecasts show snow accumulation in Bloomington is expected to be in excess of 3-7 inches, with winds gusting as high as 35 mph. Higher totals are possible.

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City and The Mill Sign Innovation Partnership Agreement; Trades District and Tech Center Surge Forward

The City of Bloomington and The Mill today announced they have formalized a new partnership to expand Bloomington’s innovation economy, attract cutting-edge companies, and create high-paying jobs. According to the Innovation Partnership Agreement approved by the Redevelopment Commission (RDC) on January 23 (https://bton.in/nuuxS), The Mill will now manage the development and marketing of the Trades District, a 12-acre portion of the Bloomington Certified Technology Park. 

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Residents Invited to Apply for Neighborhood Improvement Grants

The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) invites residents to apply for City funding to improve their neighborhoods. Applications for funding through four kinds of neighborhood grants described below are now available for the 2023 application cycle.

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Community Groups, Artists, and Food Vendors Invited to Take Part in the International Festival April 16

Street fair-style festival to take place on Fourth Street between Dunn Street and Grant Street in the Dunkirk Square parking lot.

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Black History Month 2023, a Celebration of Black Innovation, Kicks off at City Hall on January 30

Members of the public are invited to join friends and neighbors to kick off the City of Bloomington’s 2023 Black History Month celebration on January 30 at City Hall (401 N Morton Street). The event begins with a reception in the City Hall Atrium at 6 p.m., with the program beginning in Council Chambers at 7 p.m. The kick-off is free and open to the public.  

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Video Update: New 501c3 to Benefit Arts, Technology/Jobs, and Housing

Join Mayor John Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael as they discuss a new 501c3 nonprofit to benefit the arts, technology/jobs, and housing in Bloomington.

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Bloomington Fire Department Responds to Apartment Fire on N Lincoln Street

The City of Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) responded to a fire at 519 N Lincoln, a four-story apartment building, earlier this morning. No injuries to residents were reported; however, two (2) firefighters were transported from the scene by IU Health ambulance to the emergency department for evaluation and later released. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and details are expected to be released when the fire incident report is finalized.

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A Week of Remembrance Announced to Celebrate African American History in Bloomington through Art and Storytelling

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission is announcing a call for artists and arts groups to create art, and historians and storytellers to activate five historically significant sites in Bloomington during community walks planned as part of MLK Remembrance Week, April 4-8, 2023. This week begins on Tuesday, April 4, which marks the 55th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s tragic and untimely death. 

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City boards or commissions.

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City of Bloomington Awards Nancy Cross-Harris with Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for 2023

For her lifelong commitment to justice, passion for serving others, and deep community involvement, Nancy Cross-Harris has been given the City’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for 2023.

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Statement from Mayor Hamilton Regarding Recent Stabbing on January 11

Following the brutal attack of a member of our community, I want to state categorically that here in the city of Bloomington we deplore any form of racism and discrimination, especially hate based violence. This behavior is not acceptable and will be dealt with accordingly.

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City Activates New 501c3 Nonprofit to Benefit Arts, Technology/Jobs, and Housing

Mayor John Hamilton today announced the activation of a new 501c3 nonprofit corporation to advance the interests of the community, especially related to Bloomington in three areas - arts, technology/jobs, and housing.

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Video Update: Arts Feasibility Study

Join Mayor Hamilton and Assistant Director for the Arts Holly Warren as they discuss the arts feasibility study released in October 2022 and the progress made since its publication.

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Trades District’s Showers Administration Building Sold to Eurton Properties

The City of Bloomington’s Redevelopment Commission completed the sale of the Showers Administration Building at 601 N. Morton Street on December 15, 2022. The purchaser, Eurton Qualified Opportunity Fund, LLC, took possession of the property at closing. The purchase price was $400,000 and included the roughly 18,400 square-foot building and the .19 acre lot immediately to the north of the building. 

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Grant Funding Available to Nonprofits, Community Organizations, and Small Businesses Through City’s 2023 Solar, Energy Efficiency, & Lighting (SEEL) Program

The City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic and Sustainable Development is providing grant funding of up to $25,000 and technical assistance for organizations and small businesses to improve building efficiency and install solar through the 2023 Solar, Energy Efficiency, & Lighting (SEEL) Program. Nonprofits, community organizations, and small businesses are invited to apply beginning January 18. 

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Birthday Celebration to Feature Georgia State Representative Park Cannon

Mayor John Hamilton invites the community to the 2023 City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Monday, January 16, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

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Live Christmas Tree Collection Schedule

The Sanitation Division will continue picking up live Christmas trees and live wreaths until January 26, 2023. City residents should place their trees and wreaths at the curb for collection on their regular yard waste pick-up days.

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Video Update: New City Employee Benefits

Join Mayor John Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael as they discuss new city employee benefits in 2023, including two new pilot programs.

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Duke Energy Begins Next Phase of Bloomington Reliability Project

In an effort to keep residents informed, we are sharing a press release from Duke Energy regarding their next phases of the Bloomington Rogers Street – 11th Street – Dunn Street Reliability Project. Construction will include new power transmission lines to provide clean and reliable energy for the Bloomington community.

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City Programs and Events in January 2023

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and within the City, and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.