Proven Fiscal Responsibility
Mayor Scott Fadness has transformed Fishers while maintaining fiscal responsibility, good governance and low taxes. His most recent budget decreased property taxes for Fishers’ residents, maintaining the second-lowest tax rate in Hamilton County, all while making record investments in quality-of-life amenities. Under Mayor Fadness’ leadership, the city maintains a AAA credit rating.
Unprecedented Economic Development
Since 2015 when Mayor Fadness took office, Fishers has attracted and created 8,091 new jobs with an average annual salary of $75,000. During that time, the city landed more than $2.5 billion in capital investment. In recent years, Fishers accelerated its growth even further, bucking national trends following the global pandemic. Just since 2020, Fishers created 3,450 jobs with an average annual salary of $90,000, attracted $1.83 billion in capital investment, and saw $575 million raised in venture capital by Fishers companies.
Contributing to this economic success is a now booming life sciences industry in Fishers, a result of Fadness’ visionary leadership to attract this burgeoning sector. In 2021, Fadness proposed establishing a Life Science & Innovation Park to cultivate a life sciences industry and attract world-class life sciences companies to Fishers. The Park, with the support of Fishers’ GOP-led Council, has brought in more than $750 million in investment from life sciences companies, more than 1,000 new high-paying life sciences jobs, and grown the square footage of life sciences lab space in Fishers ten-fold.
World-Class Quality of Life Amenities
A primary focus of Mayor Fadness’ administration has been to create a vibrant community. Under his leadership, Fishers is now home to the state-designated Nickel Plate Arts & Culture District, and the city has invested in expanding parks and natural areas, and culinary and entertainment spaces. Announced in late 2022, the new Fishers Event Center will be a community asset that the Indy Fuel will call home and community events and celebrations will be held. The ever-popular Fishers District is expanding to bring even more world-class entertainment and restaurants to the city. Other quality-of-life improvements include the new Geist Waterfront Park which will give the public access to enjoy Geist Reservoir and the popular Nickel Plate Trail.
Cutting Edge Public Health and Safety
Mayor Fadness has encouraged innovation across all facets of city government to improve services for residents. He challenged Fishers’ public safety agencies to lead the metro area on technology, data and safety. The Fishers Police Department is the only other agency outside of IMPD to use leading technologies to solve gun crimes and is now assisting other regional agencies to join their efforts. The Fishers Fire and Emergency Services expanded services by adding two more stations under Fadness’ leadership, prioritizing resident safety. Additionally, the city is a leader in mental health support with dedicated First Responders trained in crisis intervention. Lastly, Fadness recognized critical challenges in the public health system and took action, creating a public health department to provide better access to care for Fishers’ residents.