Lienhoop elected as ARa president

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop has been elected as president of the board of directors of the Administrative Resources association.

Lienhoop’s election, which occurred during the organization’s quarterly meeting last week, is a reflection of the respect of his fellow mayors and their confidence in this leadership ability, said Eric Frey, executive director of the ARa.

The association, which is owned by southern Indiana cities, provides assistance in the planning and financing of community economic development projects. ARa, founded in 1973 with help from the Lilly Endowment, helps cities better compete for community and economic development resources and comply with complex federal regulations.

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

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