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About Seymour

The City of Seymour is located one hour south of Indianapolis, one hour north of Louisville and one and one-half hours west of Cincinnati. Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana is the place to live your future! Seymour has a population of approximately 20,000 residents and is served by Mayor Matthew Nicholson, Clerk-Treasurer Darrin Boas and seven Councilmembers.

Seymour is a thriving industrial, commercial, and residential community based on well-planned growth and progress. The quality of life is demonstrated by Seymour’s “small town” yet bustling atmosphere, beautiful parks and open spaces, attractive landscaping and arterial streets, a low crime rate, quality schools and affordable housing. Because of the geographic location, a pro-business environment, and a proactive local government — Seymour is expected to continue to grow.

The Downtown Seymour Streetscape Plan was adopted by City Council to be added to the City of Seymour Comprehensive plan.

Learn more about the Plans for Downtown Seymour Indiana

The Burkart Opportunity Zone plan was funded by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with LISC and Brookings Institution’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for
Transformative Placemaking.







Burkart Opportunity Zone Agenda

Developing new neighborhoods.
Preparing workers for new and better jobs.
Creating an immigrant welcome and resource center.
Building an indoor recreation center.

Those and other projects large and small make up the Burkart Opportunity Zone Agenda, unveiled this week as the Seymour Brookings Institution-LISC Study team wrapped up more than 10 months of convening, planning, and mapping out community needs.

The Inclusive Economic Development Agenda for Seymour offers a road map aimed at turning many of those plans into a reality over the next three years.

Seymour joined Warsaw and Michigan City at the invitation of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. in working with Brookings and the Local Initiatives Support Corp. to develop place-based strategies to span gaps in health, wealth and opportunity.

The Seymour team, comprised of a broad range of people across the community, developed a game plan for improvements in what is called the Burkart Opportunity Zone, an area running along Burkart Boulevard and encompassing the East Side Industrial Park on the northeast side to Freeman Municipal Airport to the southwest and spaces in between.

Proposals include training the local workforce and adding workforce housing; connecting people to work and play; improving affordable housing options and expanding housing options for a growing population; and creating new places and spaces for recreation and socializing.

Agenda action tasks

  • Enhance career pathways and build small businesses: Train existing workers for advancement and encourage small business growth through entrepreneur support.
  • Welcome new immigrants: Develop an immigrant welcome or resource center, strengthen multi-lingual communications and create a community space on the south side.
  • Connect people to work and play: Fill in the gaps and expand the city’s trail system and create a new master plan for parks.
  • Improve affordable living options: Improve residential and apartment conditions and develop new, affordable train-side communities.
  • Expand housing options for a growing population: Create what is tentatively called Freeman Village, a new neighborhood, and support first-time homebuyers.
  • Create new places for recreation and socializing: Build a new indoor recreation facility and cultivate third-places through creative place making.



2023-2024 Mayor's Youth Council Student Leadership

The Youth Council operates as an advisory board to the mayor on issues affecting youth in the community.

This year, members are serving on the City Council, Parks Board, Board of Zoning Appeals and Plan Commission taking part in meetings, touring city facilities, hearing from guest speakers and participating in other leadership activities.

Students are establishing connections and learning how networking can help accomplish goals.

"Our city's future leaders are made by experiences and opportunities like this that encourage growth and development," Mayor Matt Nicholson said. "The youth council promotes civic commitment and community volunteerism and gives our youth a voice and an opportunity to get involved in city government."

Introducing the 2023-24 Mayor's Youth Council

Officers: President - Caden Harriss, Vice President - Macy Casner, Secretary - Briley Compton

Joey Soriano, Payton Barlow, Hunter Wick, Alechi McClellan, Caden Harriss, Brooklyn Howell, Briley Compton, Bridget Deaton, Harrison Wetzel, Macy Casner, Peyton Croquart, Bailey Nowland. Not pictured: Julissa Tamariz Badillo, Mallorie Misamore, Elizabeth Kirby, Madelynn Dowden







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