Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County, a program co-sponsored by the Indiana University Alumni Association and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce – is accepting applications for the 2021-22 cohort. The deadline to apply is Sept. 17.
The 7-month program, which costs $1,000, includes classes every other Thursday from October through April. Classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The course includes a small group project that addresses a community need or opportunity.
Click here for more information and to apply.
Bloomington coucilmembers Susan Sandberg (At-Large) and Dave Rollo (District 4) have scheduled their first joint constituent session for Saturday, July 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Bloomington City Hall's McCloskey Room, 401 N. Morton.
Several other councilembers have been holding regular constituent sessions: Matt Flaherty (At-Large) on 3rd Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Isabel Piedmont-Smith (District 5) on 2nd Saturdays at 11, Kate Rosenbarger (District 1) as announced, and Sue Sgambelluri (District 2) on 1st Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
More information about the Bloomington Council is here. The council's next meeting is on Wednesday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Applications are being accepted for the 2021 City of Bloomington Residents Academy, formerly known as the Citizens' Academy. The deadline to apply is July 12.
Classes will be held every Thursday from August 26 through October 28 from 6-8 p.m. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the City of Bloomington, and willing to commit to one evening per week for 10 weeks to participate in the academy.
Participants learn about the different departments within the city, and learn about the challenges of running a municipal government. Click here for more information.
A public forum is planned for Wednesday, June 2 focused on a digital inclusion plan to improve infrastructure, internet speed, connectivity, access to devices, and digital literacy in Monroe County.
The June 2 forum, which starts at 5:30 via Zoom, is hosted by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, along with members of the County Digital Advisory Team. The event will review and seek feedback on initial findings of a digital inclusion survey. To receive the Zoom link, RSVP by emailing Meagan Niese at email@example.com.
More information about this initiative is available here.
The City of Bloomington is holding a public forum on Thursday, May 13 to review the reconstruction of West First Street from South Fairview to South College. The project is part of the broader redevelopment of the Bloomington Hospital site, which the city is acquiring later this year.
The forum runs from 6-7 p.m. via this Zoom link. Click here for the project's website. For more information about the overall hospital site redevelopment, click here.
The City of Bloomington has opened its 2021 Community Survey to the general public, with a May 5 deadline to respond. It asks a variety of questions related to issues that affect quality of life, the economy, public services and more.
This is the third survey administered for the city by the National Research Center Inc. (NRC). Similar surveys were done in 2017 and 2019.
Click here to take the 2021 Community Survey.
Mayor John Hamilton has formed a task force to solicit and review proposals to rename Jordan Avenue south of 17th Street. The group will also explore other options to rename that road north of 17th Street. The public can submit suggestions here.
Task force members are:
The City of Bloomington is seeking applicants for its Redevelopment Commission (RDC), following the resignation of RDC president Don Griffin Jr. He resigned his position on March 15 and will be joining the city as deputy mayor in April.
The RDC oversees the city's Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) department, neighborhood improvement grants and tax increment finance (TIF) districts.
Click here to apply for a seat on the RDC. This vacancy is appointed by the mayor. Other RDC positions are appointed by the Bloomington Council.
Four state legislators representing Monroe County gave an overview of action at the Indiana General Assembly at the Feb. 13 Legislative Update, co-sponsored by the local League of Women Voters and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.
Sen. Shelli Yoder (District 40), Rep. Matt Pierce (District 61), Rep. Peggy Mayfield (District 60) and Rep. Jeff Ellington (District 62) provided updates and answered audience questions. Watch the 90-minute session here.
The next updates will be held on March 6 and April 10. Click here to register.
Following the death of trustee Keith Klein in January, the Monroe County Community School Corp. Board is seeking applicants to fill the District 5 seat on the 7-member board.
District 5 covers portions of Perry Township in the central part of Monroe County. Click here for a map of District 5.
Applications are due on Monday, Feb. 8 and candidates will be interviewed by the board on Feb. 16 & 17. Click here to apply. Find additional details here.
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