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March 2018 News Releases

City Announces “First Mondays” - A Monthly Business Assistance Forum

“First Mondays” are a free, open help session for anyone to ask questions about starting a business or running an existing business from local experts.

Mayor Announces CIRT Vehicle Purchase Decision

Today Mayor John Hamilton announced his decision to purchase a replacement armored vehicle for use by the Bloomington Police Department Critical Incident Response Team, and related issues.

Bloomington Launches New Strategy for Attracting National Financing for Community Development

Bloomington piloting “CDFI Friendly City” to attract community financing for local needs and opportunities.

Leading Volunteers Recognized at Be More Awards Ceremony

Forty individuals and twenty groups, all of whom had been nominated by community members, were recognized for their generous commitment to substantially improve the lives of community members.

Health Fair and Blood Drive at Farmers’ Market April 7

Registration for the blood drive is online at, and walk-in appointments are also welcome.

Bloomington Black & Brown Arts Festival is Seeking Submissions

The planning committee is seeking a variety of art styles and forms including but not limited to spoken word, visual arts, dance and craft.

Animal Shelter Closed Friday and Sunday

The shelter will be open Saturday, March 31 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.

City Offices Closed Friday

All city offices and departments will be closed on Friday, March 30. Offices will reopen on Monday, April 2 at 8:00 a.m.

CARES Community Meeting and Available Grants

Be More Awards to Recognize Committed Volunteers

This 35th annual awards program will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 27, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater (114 E. Kirkwood).

City Announces New Assistant Director of Economic and Sustainable Development for Sustainability

Autumn Salamack started this week as the new Assistant Director for Sustainability in the Department of Economic and Sustainable Development.

Environmental Commission’s Bloomington Habitat Connectivity Plan Published

The plan details how to strengthen biodiversity throughout the City of Bloomington.

MLK Remembrance Day March on April 4 to Commemorate 50th Anniversary

The program will begin at Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park at Fairview & 9th Streets.

Award-Winning Artist Richard Ross Visits Bloomington to Present Juvenile In Justice Series, with Artwork in City Hall Beginning April 5

A unique source for images of the American juvenile justice system, the Juvenile in Justice series depicts young people housed in facilities that treat, confine, punish and, occasionally, harm them.

Parks and Recreation Department Buys Electric Utility Vehicle for Trail Maintenance

A new electric utility vehicle for park maintenance will save 20 gallons of gas per week.

Bloomington Commission on Sustainability Celebrates First Annual Awardees

The committee considered initiative, impact and innovation in making award decisions in each of three categories: individual, business and nonprofit.

Monroe County Domestic Violence Coalition Invites Public to Spring Conference

MCDVC is holding its 2018 Spring Conference on Thursday, March 22 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

Bloomington Rail Trail Closed March 12-16 for Invasive Species Removal

Trail temporarily closed for safety.

Public Comment on Critical Incident Response Team Vehicle Accepted Through March 23

All comments from the five recent public meetings and all additional sources will be gathered and considered prior to Mayor John Hamilton making an announcement about the potential purchase by the end of March.

Mayor Hamilton Announces New Communications Director

Local broadcaster, producer and writer Yaël Ksander has been named by Mayor John Hamilton as the new Communications Director for the City of Bloomington.

Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males Meeting Rescheduled

Animal Shelter "Twitter Bot" is Collaboration Between City and Civic Code Group

This feature -- a “Twitter bot” which automatically tweets animal profiles from the Animal Shelter’s database -- was implemented by the Bloomington Civic Code group, BMG Hack (

City of Bloomington to Host Open Data Day Work Session March 8

The City of Bloomington Information and Technology Services Department will celebrate International Open Data Day on Thursday, March 8 by co-hosting an Open Data Day work session with the BMGHack civic coding brigade.

Trades District, Dimension Mill to Break Ground March 6

The ceremony will be held in a tent at 334 W. 11th Street, on the southwest side of the Dimension Mill.  

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces Upcoming Road Closure

City of Bloomington Utilities will be closing Country Club Drive between South Rogers Street and South Walnut Street for the installation of a sewer interceptor across Country Club Drive.

Bloomington Animal Shelter Closed Thursday

Staff will continue to take phone calls and dispatch Animal Control Officers during normal business hours.

Environmental Commission’s Seventh Annual Eco-Heroes Art Contest Open for Submissions

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces New Staff

City Launches Bicentennial Tree Sale and Sponsorship Program

Order a Bicentennial tulip tree by April 23, or sponsor a tree planting at a city park or school.