INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The once small town of Fishers has quietly evolved into a thriving city and the commitment within the last decade to become a “smart, vibrant and entrepreneurial city” has firmly taken hold and has been noticed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as they have named Fishers their 2016 Community of the Year.
During the State of the City address in February, Mayor Scott Fadness announced 1,000 new jobs were on their way. Monday he announced that Fishers may actually have as many as 4,000 new jobs by the end of the year.
“One of our goals is increasing the opportunities for people who live in our community to find gainful employment in their own city,” Fadness explains. “One of the best quality of life measurements for me is to eliminate residents’ need to commute a long distance … if you could spend another hour with your family, rather than being in the car, why wouldn’t you?”
With the influx of new jobs and amenities, Fishers now boasts a population of nearly 90,000. And all this happened as the town officially transitioned to a city status less than two years ago.
The 2013 opening of Launch Fishers, a collaborative co-working space for entrepreneurs, was key to putting the city on the right path according to Fadness. “That first year, we were hoping for 100 members and thinking that number would be tremendous. So imagine how we felt when we ended up with 200. Then we grew to 400 and our now 630.”
It’s a prime example of Fishers partnering with the private sector and as Fadness puts it, and “allows them to do what they do best. (In this case) foster the environment for them to create whatever they’re going to create.”