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Mayor to Participate in O'Bannon Institute Panel

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight will serve as a panelist at the annual O'Bannon Institute for Community Service next week in Bloomington. He will join business leaders and economists to discuss the role of government and business in job creation, merits of the 2009 economic stimulus bill and what the rising debt means for the average taxpayer.

March 28, 2011 Report

Mayor Greg Goodnight has been invited to participate in the eighth annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service hosted by Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, April 6th – 8th. The theme for the three day event is Getting Back to Basics: Jobs, Education and Community.

Featured speakers for the event include husband and wife political strategists, James Carville and Mary Matalin, former Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon as well as Oscar-winning actor and political activist, Richard Dreyfuss.

On Friday, April 8th, Mayor Greg Goodnight will join Steve Ferguson, CEO of Cook Group; Charlene Begley, President and CEO of General Electric, Jeremiah Boyle, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Managing Director of Economic Development and Lauren Damme, Policy Analyst with the New America Foundation on the panel “Making Jobs Job One: Examining the Role of Government and Business in Job Creation."

This diverse panel will be led in discussion by former WRTV & WISH TV news anchor Ken Owen. He will moderate the debate as the panelists exchange opinions on the role of government and business in job creation, and merits of the 2009 economic stimulus bill. The panel will explore the topic of what the rising debt (government and personal) means for the average taxpayer in the new vs. old economy.

“The O’Bannon Institute has brought together a great cross section of economists and business leaders with direct experience and expertise in their fields to discuss government’s role in job creation and economic growth,” said Mayor Goodnight. “I look forward to being a part of what undoubtedly will be a thoughtful and lively discussion.”

The institute is named after the late Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon, who played a pivotal role in the formation of Indiana’s community college system. More information can be found at

Source: City of Kokomo