Nicholson elected ARa treasurer

Seymour Mayor Matt Nicolson was elected treasurer of the board of directors of Administrative Resources association during the quarterly meeting Feb. 9 in Columbus.

The association, which is owned by southern Indiana cities, provides assistance in the planning and financing of community and economic development projects.

In announcing the election, Eric Frey, executive director of ARa, said Nicholson as a newer member of the board has shown an amazing leadership and passion for his community as well as support to ARa.

“His election as treasurer of the association is a reflection of the respect and confidence of his fellow mayors in his leadership and financial fiscal management,” Frey said.

ARa is a governmental association founded in 1973 with help from the Lilly Endowment. ARa helps cities better compete for community and economic development resources and comply with complex federal regulations.

The association has negotiated financial incentive packages for more than 200 new industrial ventures resulting in the investment of more than $750 million and the creation of more than 4,000 new jobs. It also has helped create and manage small business loan programs totaling more than $1 million.

In the area of community development, ARa has developed and administered more than 600 projects involving water and sewer systems, affordable housing, park and recreation facilities, new public buildings, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, law enforcement programs and transportation systems.

“ARa has helped our community develop programs and acquire funds to help improve public transit, food pantry, help write our park master plan, as well as enhance the quality of life of our residents.” Nicholson said. “ARa is an effective and efficient way for cities to work together.”