Mayor Brainard compares Carmel to Paris, France and talks about his vision for the city

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by Nicole Pence

CARMEL, Ind. (June 4, 2015) -- I recently sat down with Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard to talk about his plans for his city.

He will continue to bring the global spotlight to his community, he wants state legislators to get out of his way, he says Carmel and Paris, France have similarities, and he says his number one priority is bringing in good paying jobs.

Here are a few of the quotes from our interview:

“Look at Paris, they don’t have mountains, they don’t have oceans and they also have lousy weather, and they’ve managed to build a very competitive city. We can do the same thing here. We’ve got to focus more on architecture, we have to focus on amenities, making the place we’ve chosen to spend our lives, beautiful and exciting.”

“Our legislators need to recognize that we’re in a competition for good jobs, not just across the Midwest, not just on the east and west coast and the south, literally across the whole globe.”

There’s always been this kind of contentious relationship. Do you want to improve that? “Absolutely, I think our system is set up like the federal system, to be a bit of tug and pull, between the executive branch and the legislative branch. That’s normal, but I want it done in a professional way, we want to have good working relationships. If I’m about to do something that my council thinks is ill advised, certainly I want them to come to me and say it. But what I’m looking forward to is not reading the criticism on the front page of the newspaper, before I hear it.”

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