Indy connect now open letter to members of the indiana general assembly
1 | P a g eApril 22, 2013Open Letter to the Indiana General AssemblyDear Legislator,As community leaders in central Indiana, we strongly encourage the Indiana General Assemblyto pass substantive transit legislation before it adjourns in order to give our community theability to make its own decisions about investing in a regional transit system.The Indianapolis Region will not continue to grow and prosper unless we make strategicinvestments in our community, including in a robust regional transit system. Study after studyhas recognized the need for building such a system in our region. Cities all across Americahave realized the benefits from investing in good transit systems, and our inability to makethat investment puts us at a competitive disadvantage.The issue has been studied long enough. Following the release of the last legislative studyreport on this issue in December 2008, a Task Force of public and private sector partnersproposed a transit system that most effectively meets the needs of our community. For thepast four years, that proposal has been refined with input from thousands of residents, advicefrom the best planning experts in the country, and best practices from cities around thecountry.The time has come to let the voters decide whether they want to invest in this proposedsystem. All we ask is that the General Assembly gives us the same flexibility to use local fundsthat it previously gave to 15 other counties and to let us present the question to voters, similarto what is now required for school capital projects. With support that is trending upward, it istime to allow voters to determine whether or not our communities will be competitive andmeet transportation needs in the next decade and beyond.If this legislation passes now, it will allow us to have a robust discussion for the next eighteenmonths about the wisdom of making this investment. Residents will then be able to make aninformed decision about funding an expanded regional transit system. It is imperative that theGeneral Assembly act now to provide this opportunity to the residents of central Indiana.
2 | P a g eSincerely,Al OakCripe Architects + EngineersGene ZinkStrategic Capital PartnersMatthew GrellerIndiana Association of Cities andTownsAlfonso AlanisAnaclimGreg JacobyUrban Land Institute - IndianaMatthew R. GutweinHealth and Hospital Corporation ofMarion County, IndianaAndre LacyLacy Diversified IndustriesJan Neuhause Herndon Melissa PershingJulian CenterAndy FraizerIndiana Association for CommunityEconomic DevelopmentJason ShelleyAmerican Institute of Architects -IndianaMelissa Proffitt-ReeseAnn MurtlowUnited Way of Central IndianaJerry KingIndiana Public Health AssociationMichael A. EvansCHORUS, Inc.Bill Corley Jesse KharbandaHoosier Environmental CouncilMichael J. HarringtonEli Lilly and CompanyBill NealeKrieg DeVaultJames DankoButler UniversityMichael BrickerPeople for Urban ProgressRobert BrodySt. FrancisJim MorrisHabitat for Humanity of GreaterIndianapolisMike BoswayCity SecuritiesRobert PalmerFedExJim ObermaierJenner Group, Inc.Mike NewboldHuntington BankBrent CardinACHIEVE WITH USJoan Miller40 Minute CleanersMike WilliamsKrieg DeVaultBrian SullivanShiel SextonJoe SlaughterHerff JonesNathan FeltmanHome Health DepotBrooke KlejnotBroad Ripple Village Association(BRVA)John and Jen ThomasJTPROrion H. Bell IVCICOA Aging & In-Home SolutionsBryan MillsCommunity Health NetworkJohn C. LechleiterEli Lilly and CompanyPete RimsansIndiana State Building andConstruction Trades CouncilCarey LykinsCitizens EnergyJohn DickersonThe Arc of IndianaPhil TerryMonarch Beverage
3 | P a g eCarol DavisUnited Senior Action, Inc.John HuffmanAmerican Council of the Blind ofIndiana (ACBI)Rhiannon T. Edwards, MSPACE, Inc. (Public Advocates inCommunity Re-Entry)Cathy LanghamLangham LogisticsJohn M. "Mike" BlakleyThe Blakley CorporationRhonda L. BaylessCenter of Wellness for UrbanWomenCharles GarciaGarcia Construction GroupJohn NeighboursFaegre Baker DanielsRobert McKinneyBMO Harris BankDaniel ElsenerMarian UniversityJohn ThompsonCMID, First Electric, ThompsonDistribution, BC CountertopsRobert ReynoldsBarnes & ThornburgDaniel SeitzBose McKinney & EvansJudy NagengastContinental Inc & Solas RayLightingRoger HollandsAnderson-Muncie PublicTransportation CoalitionDan TheobaldShelby County Development CorpJulia WatsonQuality ConnectionRon PearsonFloyd and Stanich AdvertisingDaniel F. Evans, Jr.IU HealthJune LyleAARPRussell McClureSouthport RedevelopmentCommissionDanny M. CrenshawIndianapolis Public TransportationCorp. (IndyGo)Kas VargoBinford Redevelopment andGrowth, Inc.Ryan M. Pucketttwo21 LLCDavid BarrettGene B. Glick CompanyKelly WensingNear Eastside CommunityOrganization (NESCO)Sanford GarnerA2SO4David Carr Ken ZagzebskiIPLScott MillerGreater Indianapolis Chamber ofCommerceDavid E. LeazenbyMilhaus Development, LLCKenneth D. AdkinsLifeStream Services, Inc.Shane BurkhardtAPA Indiana ChapterDavid JohnsonCentral Indiana CorporatePartnershipKent McDanielIndiana Transportation AssociationSteve SchenckMerrill Lynch/The Schenck GroupDavid P. LewisEli Lilly and CompanyKerwin OlsonCitizens Action Coalition of IndianaSteve SullivanMIBOR (Metropolitan IndianapolisBoard of REALTORS)
4 | P a g eDavid MaidenbergSierra Club – Hoosier ChapterKevin Osburn, RLA, ASLARundell Ernstberger Associates,LLCSteve WalkerWalker InformationDavid ResnikKatz Sapper MillerKevin WhitedINDYCOGSusan MatthewsBorshoffDebra Simmons-WilsonEngaging Solutions LLCKim IrwinAlliance for Health PromotionThomas F. SchnellenbergerIce MillerDennis DyeBrowningKristen S. LaEaceIndiana Association of AreaAgencies on AgingTim HassingerDow AgroSciencesDennis TrinkleHarrison CollegeKristin Mays CorbittMays Chemical CompanyTodd MaurerJewish Community RelationsCouncilDonald B. AltemeyerBSA LifeStructuresLauren DaleGreater Indianapolis Women’sTransportation Seminar ChapterTom BedsoleFrost Brown ToddDr. Charles L. VenableIndianapolis Museum of ArtLeslie WebbCarmel Green initiativeTom BrownUnited WaterDr. Lisa HarrisWishard-Eskenazi HealthLinda L. Proffitt, MSWGlobal Peace Initiatives,IncorporatedTom DappGradexEd BonachCNOLisa SchlehuberEli Lilly Federal Credit UnionTom HironsHirons & CompanyEnrique ConternoEli Lilly and CompanyLuke LeisingGuidon Design Inc.Tom ONeilOffice WorksErin KelleyLeague of Women Voters ofIndianapolisM. Travis DiNicolaIndy ReadsTrevor BeldenFaegre Baker DanielsFernando SergviaDow AgroSciencesMark A. SmithFred Astaire Dance StudioWilliam "Thor" WoodWTW Solutions Group, LLCFred C. Tucker III Mark ZwoyerRW ArmstrongYvonne ShaheenZachary ScottUPS