Officials with the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) have announced that the towns of Avon and Plainfield, along with the Hendricks County Commissioners, have been named 2013 IACT Local Government Cooperation Award winners for their work on Ronald Reagan Parkway.
The Town of Avon, Town of Plainfield, and the Hendricks County Commissioners received the award during the annual awards luncheon Oct. 7 at the 2013 IACT Annual Conference & Exhibition in Indianapolis.
The Ronald Reagan Parkway provides a north-south corridor for the eastern portion of Hendricks County. Hendricks County Commissioners have overseen this project that began more than 20 years ago. The towns of Avon and Plainfield, along with the county, banded together to resolve funding and scheduling concerns that threatened the project.
Through their work with each other, their local Metropolitan Planning Organization, Indiana Department of Transportation, and FHWA, the local entities were able to find resolutions to the potential roadblocks. On Dec. 4, 2012, the parkway opened and now connects interstates 70 and 74, with plans for further expansion northward.
“More than ever, collaboration among units of government is vital to the success of Hoosier cities and towns,” IACT Executive Director and CEO Matt Greller said. “The Avon, Plainfield, and Hendricks County partnership is an outstanding example of good public policy, allowing local governments the ability to work together and help themselves.”
In its 37th year, the IACT annual awards program, presented by Umbaugh, recognizes communities and individuals in municipal government for excellence and outstanding achievement. A nine-member panel of qualified judges selected this year’s winners from a competitive field of nominees from around the state.
The IACT is a coalition of municipal officials who seek to improve the quality of life in Indiana through effective government, and is a member of the National League of Cities. Founded in 1891, IACT is one of the oldest state municipal organizations in the country, with 470 cities and towns as members. IACT advocates for municipalities as the official voice of municipal government in Indiana, and promotes good government through education, training, and leadership.