Heartland mayors to discuss urban vitality

Tuesday event at UIndy will feature former Indy Mayor Hudnut,
current mayors of Nashville, TN, and Columbus, OH

Former Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut III and current Mayors Karl Dean of Nashville, Tenn., and Michael Coleman of Columbus, Ohio, will meet Tuesday, April 2, at UIndy for a public discussion on revitalizing urban environments for the 21st century.


Building Heartland Cities is presented by Indiana Humanities and UIndy’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives, in partnership with the National League of Cities. Scheduled 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the university’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, the talk will be moderated by UIndy Trustee Carolyn Coleman, former deputy mayor of Indianapolis and now director of federal relations for the National League of Cities. Admission is free, though registration is requested through heartlandcities.eventbrite.com.

Indianapolis, Nashville and Columbus have made strategic decisions over the past three decades that helped them grow while other Midwestern cities stagnated, a process that has required vision and innovation. With Coleman, these leaders will discuss the importance of education, transportation, tourism, public and private investment and other factors in a city’s vitality.

Hudnut was mayor of Indianapolis from 1976 to 1991, a time of growth and reinvention for the city. He also served in Congress and as mayor of Chevy Chase, Md. His books include Cities on the Rebound: A Vision for Urban America and Halfway to Everywhere: A Portrait of America’s First-Tier Suburbs.


Dean has served since 2007 as mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

He has been an advocate for schools and public safety as well as venturesome public projects like the city’s new $600 million Music City Center convention complex. A recent New York Times story touted Nashville as “the nation’s ‘it’ city.”

Coleman took office in 2000 and is credited with boosting Columbus’ economic strength by building stronger, safer neighborhoods and improving quality of life.


Under his watch, Columbus has been recognized by the Intelligent Communities Forum as the smartest city in the nation, by American City Business Journals for having the 4th best economy in the nation, and by NewGeography.com and the Milken Institute as the best big city in the Midwest for job growth.

For more information, visit heartlandcities.eventbrite.com.