Hogsett Poised For First State of The City
The mayor of the state’s largest city will deliver his first State of the City Address Wednesday evening. Joe Hogsett will review his first few months in office and update his priorities for Indianapolis, including youth jobs and public safety.
Hogsett’s office says other issues that could be featured tonight include abandoned homes and streetlights. In March, he and other city officials and state leaders led a charge to claw back tax benefits awarded to Carrier Corp.’s parent United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). UTC announced the eventual move of manufacturing operations in Indy and an affiliate in Huntington to Mexico. The administration also launched a Carrier Task Force and website to serve as a "one-stop clearinghouse" for information and resources pertaining to the move. In all, 2,100 Hoosiers are expected to lose their jobs when the reductions are complete. UTC is planning to keep some 400 jobs in Indiana between the Indianapolis and Huntington facilities.
His address is set for 6 p.m. at the Christamore House on the city’s west side.
Hogsett previously served as a U.S. Attorney in the Southern District in Indiana. He won the election last August over challenger Chuck Brewer, succeeding Greg Ballard, who chose not to run for a third term. Ballard was recently named a visiting fellow of the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives at the University of Indianapolis.