Secondly, I want to see a new spirit of cooperation on the part of the community in the area of education. I want to see a better system of preschool education, I want to see a higher graduation rate, more of our young people going off to colleges across the country and more young people attending Ivy Tech here in Anderson. Furthermore, I want to see a vocational school that is the envy of every community in the state, I want young adults coming out of high school in this community with vocational skills that are in demand in today’s economy.
Thirdly, I believe it is imperative that at some time in the very near future that our local leaders embrace new technologies and implement strategies that place Anderson on a pathway to a renewable energy future. Madison County has embraced wind power and the town of Frankton in partnership with IMPA has the first solar park in Madison County. Why can’t Anderson partner with IMPA and use areas at our airport for a solar array like they have done at Indianapolis International and create the first “green” airport in the state. Why have we not applied for federal grants to convert our fleet of city buses to natural gas?
Mayor Smith in his address talked about “the shackles of our automotive past,” and how that type of thinking has hindered us as a community. The only shackles on this community are the ones of our own making and those shackles are easily destroyed by those willing to think great thoughts, those who are willing to dream dreams, and those who will lead.