100-Day Plan for Martinsville – Friday, January 1, 2016 – Saturday, April 9, 2016

Mayor's Office

The following initiatives are the highest priorities the Kohl administration will focus on in the first 100 days in office. This plan, organized within five building blocks will evolve to include new projects as we move forward, with the outcomes and your feedback letting us know what should be included in future plans.

I am sharing this plan as our first major example of transparency. You as our constituents – our customers – can know what we will be working on and hold us accountable for delivering what is promised.

– Mayor-Elect Shannon Kohl

Building Block: Safety

Crime reduction and public safety: job #1

  • foster an enhanced working relationship between Martinsville police officers and community members through increased consistent and positive interactions
  • research other communities to locate proven programs to keep drugs out of our schools and protect our children
  • pursue grant opportunities and other funding to support Martinsville’s public safety departments

Building Block: Neighborhoods

Strengthen neighborhoods to improve residents’ quality of life

  • protect residents’ number one investment, their homes, by offering educational programs to increase residents’ knowledge of enhancing personal property values and maximizing neighborhood safety
  • conduct a comprehensive study on the most cost-efficient method to fix crumbling sidewalks throughout the City
  • incorporate quality housing components into all ongoing redevelopment plans
  • Beautify Downtown Martinsville: create a citywide beautification week where businesses, non-profit organizations, local government employees and residents donate their time to clean the downtown area
  • develop a Beautify Martinsville Committee dedicated to identifying communitywide projects to help improve the appeal of our City
  • work with the Martinsville Parks Department staff, the YMCA and a volunteer committee to find resources to build bike paths, jogging trails and other fitness and wellness resources for residents of all ages
  • pursue grant opportunities to improve and strengthen Martinsville neighborhoods

Building Block: Economic Development

Martinsville: driving business expansion, job creation

  • work with the Morgan County Economic Development Corporation to become an integral part of the County’s Path to Prosperity initiative to attract new businesses and create and retain jobs within the City
  • ensure Martinsville benefits significantly from the I-69 Project with economic development opportunities that provide well-paying jobs, increased property values and well-planned, controlled community growth
  • create a committee dedicated to bringing new businesses to Martinsville that will visit other Hoosier communities and surrounding states
  • establish positive working relationships with every business owner to encourage career-level growth while soliciting feedback on how the Kohl administration can assist them with their goals
  • create tax incentives as economic development tools while promoting Martinsville as open for business
  • promote Martinsville and Morgan County as viable options for new college graduates to locate/relocate to live, work, play and raise their families

Building Block: Communications

Consistent information sharing + transparency = open, effective governing

  • spearhead positive working relationships between City and County government officials
  • improve communications between City departments with weekly department heads’ meetings
  • communicate with City employees on how the Kohl administration can help make their jobs more effective and rewarding
  • increase transparency about local government spending while decreasing the number of executive sessions with the Mayor attending all City-related meetings
  • develop and execute a comprehensive communications plan, including a user-friendly, information-packed City Web site, mayoral messages, special events, social media posts, news releases and volunteer opportunity announcements

Building Block: Citizen Voice

Citizens’ involvement and voices make for a stronger, improved Martinsville

  • provide numerous opportunities for residents to have a voice in local government activities, including neighborhood roundtables, Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board and community meetings
  • develop a youth job shadowing program, partnering with area businesses
  • create a business and social environment conducive to encourage youth to remain in Martinsville following high school graduation or return here following college graduation