Mayor Jim Brainard announced the appointment of Mike Volz, Linda Lange and Marilyn Bauchat to the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee (CUFC). The appointees are eager to promote education about trees and peoples’ relation to the urban forest.

A successful White House roundtable discussion on climate change was held in December of 2013 at the Monon Community Center. This was a first step in a lengthy effort by members of the President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resiliency to listen, learn, and then communicate the concerns of local communities to federal officials.

The Carmel Fire Department (CFD) received Accredited Agency Status from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) during the Fire Rescue International Conference in Chicago, IL held in 2013.

The City of Carmel has been involved in testing a new hydrogen-on-demand technology resulting in reduced gasoline consumption and cleaner air. Starting in 2013, the Carmel Street Department F 250 pick-up truck was driven daily on supplemental hydrogen. The results have been quite impressive, with the hydrogen from just one pound of aluminum based alloy increasing gas mileage by 15 percent while reducing harmful emissions.

Carmel, Indiana was included in a Ford Motors study on the fastest growing trends to look. The study was conducted in 2013. The report titled, Looking Further with Ford: 13 Trends for 2013, stated trend number eight as “The Rise of the Intima-City” and highlighted Carmel on its revitalization of “Old Town.” Better Cities & Towns, a publication that is dedicated to covering smart growth and New Urbanism, also focused on Carmel’s redevelopment and association to the Ford Study in their January/February edition.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence joined Mayor Jim Brainard to announce that American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH) would be establishing its national corporate headquarters in Carmel and employing about 675 employees there by 2016. ASH co-founder, Chairman, and CEO George DeVries delivered the news with Governor Pence and Mayor Brainard from the new ASH offices located at Hamilton Crossing III in Carmel.

The City of Carmel and Pedcor Companies unveiled plans and conceptual designs for six new buildings as part of the next phases of development for Carmel City Center. The unveiling took place in December, 2013.

Pedcor Companies has leased to more than 100 businesses despite the recent recession and due to the positive growth experienced. Pedcor announced six additional buildings that have already been planned and designed for construction at Carmel City Center.

The City of Carmel’s roundabouts were once again front and center over the weekend as Mayor Jim Brainard wrapped up the second regional outreach gathering of the President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resiliency. The meeting was held in Los Angeles. Mayor Brainard is a member of the Task Force and also serves as co-chair of the Energy Independence and Climate Protection Task Force and Advisory Board of Directors for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

At the 50th International Making Cities Livable Conference (IMCL) in Portland, OR, June 23-27, 2013, Mayor James Brainard received the 2013 International Making Cities Livable Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award. “ He was awarded this "for his inspirational leadership in creating a vibrant, multi-functional heart for Carmel, IN.

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