INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2014) – The city of Indianapolis has changed a great deal since Mayor Greg Ballard took office in 2008. Since then downtown has seen substantial growth and hosted the city’s first Super Bowl.
Mayor Ballard made it official Thursday afternoon when he announced he would not run for a third term. During his speech he admitted that no one expected him to win when he ran for office in 2007. Ballard pulled off a big political upset by defeating two term democratic Mayor Bart Peterson.
“He certainly has outperformed everybody’s expectations, the day after he was elected in 2007, it has been a remarkable run,” said Robert Vane, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications for Mayor Ballard.
The mayor played host for Super Bowl XLVI. Downtown Indy has continued to grow and build off that momentum. There’s been a boom in downtown development, especially housing. The mayor supported the Market Square Tower building that promises to change the skyline of Indianapolis.
As a republican mayor, Ballard has stood out as an advocate for sustainability. The city is installing an electric car sharing system and city employees will soon be driving more than 400 electric vehicles.
It’s not uncommon to hear Ballard brag about the Cultural Trail, he’s even visited other cities to show how Indy is so bike and pedestrian friendly. Trails, sidewalks and roadways saw major improvement under the mayor’s multimillion dollar Rebuild Indy initiative.
The city still has its challenges as police continue to fight crime and try to curb a rising murder rate.
“Well that was really really unusual the fact that mayor Ballard was a republican mayor, he worked with a lot of the inner city you know faith based groups,” said Rev. Charles Harrison, 10 Point Coalition.
Mayor Ballard still has 14 months left and he made it clear that he has no intention of backing off his agenda.