Seymour mayor Craig Luedeman was elected president of the board of directors of Administrative Resources association Jan. 11 during the board’s quarterly meeting in Columbus.
The association, which is owned by southern Indiana cities, provides assistance in the planning and financing of community and economic development projects.
“Over the years, ARa develops programs and acquires funds to improve our community infrastructure, preserve our downtown and attract new industry to our community,” Luedeman said. “ARa is an effective and efficient way for cities to work together, and I am pleased to have been selected to serve as president.”
Founded in 1973 with help from the Lilly Endowment, ARa helps cities better compete for community and economic development resources and comply with complex federal regulations. ARa has negotiated financial incentive packages for more than 200 new industrial ventures resulting in the investment of more than $750 million and the creation of more than 4,000 new jobs.
In the area of community development, ARa has developed and administered more than 600 projects involving water and sewer systems, affordable housing, park and recreation facilities, new public buildings, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, law enforcement programs and transportation systems.