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mayorThe momentum is continuing. Jeffersonville is among four winners of the 2014 Primacy of Place Community Awards from Building Better Communities, the outreach and engagement division of Ball State University for the Big Four Bridge and Big Four Station project.

This award means a great deal to me because it shines a light on our innovative approaches. Improving Jeffersonville attracts a well-qualified and talented workforce which in turn attracts new businesses. In fact, Building Better Communities believes that the presence of talent is the single most important ingredient in sustaining local economic development and "quality of place" is a primary factor in a community's ability to attract and retain talent.

I could not be more proud of our city at this moment. Improving the quality of life for everyone who visits, lives and does business in Jeffersonville remains the top priority of my administration and is the lens through which we view all of our initiatives. It is very rewarding to receive the recognition of our efforts. This prestigious award confirms what everyone can easily see. The City of Jeffersonville is on the pathway to progress and we are focused on the right things that will determine a vibrant, economic future both now and for our children in the decades to come.

Mayor Mike Moore

This year's City Pride Landscape Winners from Northaven Subdivision

river breeze  more 018This year's City Pride's  landscape  contest judging was really tough! Not just because judging day  was horribly hot, but because  entries have  increased  and the final three  landscapes  were very competitive this year. Four City Pride members  traveled all across Jeffersonville's downtown and suburban neighborhoods to  judge nominated  homes. The winner of the contest were Bill and Carolyn Resch who have lived at 1235 Sportsman Drive in the Northaven Subdivision since 1968. Bill and Carolyn are a homegrown couple who have lived, worked, and raised their 3 children in the Jeffersonville area, with Bill a graduate of Jeffersonville HS and Carolyn a graduate of Clarksville High. Even Bill and Carolyn's parents were born and raised in Jeffersonville and  Bill and Carolyn's own children (2 boys and a girl) live in Southern Indiana with their families. To top it off, Bill and Carolyn have been married for 55 years!

Carolyn proudly gives Bill all the credit for the landscaping. She says she is in charge of planting the annual flowers and fall/winter bulbs. Bill cannot recall a specific time when he became a garden bug. He has just always loved working in his yard. He is definitely someone who has that enviable green thumb. When he was recovering from  major heart surgery a few years back, the family was sure they couldn't even mow the lawn to meet his high standards!

Outstanding elements of the yard include an all season look with emphasis on color, a balance  in the landscape, a huge landscaped side yard, a beautiful and the oldest pin oak in the subdivision, and very unusual  plants. Bill says that he sometimes spots a plant in someone else's yard and requests a  small sample which he takes to Walnut Ridge for identification. Next planting season, the plant will be growing in his yard!  Each year the Resch's get compliments on their landscaping and often people will stop and take pictures at peak season. Carolyn has a beautiful display of daffodils in the spring that draw a lot of attention. 

This City Pride Landscape Award will be officially presented at the volunteer beautification group's 10th anniversary River Breeze on September 12th. This is the fourth annual Jeffersonville City Pride Landscape contest in conjunction with the River Breeze Event. The Reschs will be guests at the River Breeze and recognized for their landscape that evening. 

STEAMBOAT DAYS

steamboat 2After 15 years, the City of Jeffersonville is proudly bringing back Steamboat Days! The festivities will be held October 17th-19th, 2014 in conjunction with the Belle of Louisville's 100th Birthday Celebration. Come for music, food, arts, steamboats and family!  Learn about the benefits of sponsoring below. 

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RIVERSTAGE

riverstage_logoThe RiverStage is Southern Indiana's premier outdoor entertainment venue. The 2014 events schedule will again include Broadway on the River, Rolling Out the Weekend concerts and Twilight Cinema, all free to the public. In June Jeffersonville will host the fourth annual Smokin' On The River, a BBQ, Blues and Brew Festival. Find out more on the RiverStage's new website.

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JEFF MAIN STREET

mainstreetJeffersonville Main Street Inc. is a nonprofit organization working to continue the revitalization of the commercial and residential districts of downtown Jeffersonville. Be sure to check out their website for information about upcoming community events, the Jeffersonville Farmers Market, Concerts in the Park, and other news.

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JEFF PARKS DEPT

The Jeffersonville Parks Department has a great lineup of programs and activities for all ages! The new website features bios on every park in Jeffersonville as well as events and activities.

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