An elegant, comprehensive book documenting Carmel's unlikely emergence as a vibrant urban center.

          Over 200 full-color pages (9" x 12"), beautifully hard-bound, and containing over 300 photos by local photojournalist Zach Dobson.

          Once a small Quaker town, Carmel, Indiana, is now a city of more than 80,000 people and growing. What has set Carmel apart from most other communities surrounding major cities in the United States has been its focus on creating a more walkable, traditional city instead of the typical sprawling suburb.

          As mayor of the city of Carmel for nearly two decades, James Brainard has brought together civic and business leaders, developers and members of the local community to create a vibrant city with a bustling downtown. By planning ahead, Carmel has avoided the congestion of collector roads that dot the suburban American landscape. Instead, a grid system of small streets with roundabout intersections has given residents smoother, safer commutes.

          Carmel's Arts & Design District is home to many galleries, shops and restaurants. In addition, the business-friendly city boasts one of the most concentrated office districts in the state of Indiana.

Downtown Section

          One of the most recent additions to Carmel's downtown is a 1,600 seat concert hall, the Palladium, which hosts symphonies and musical acts from around the world.

Profiles in Excellence 1909-1968
    Riverview Hospital
        World Class Care – Close to Home
    RQAW Corporation
        Your Challenge – Our Commitment
    CSO Architects
        Contributing to our Clients' Success
    American Structurepoint, Inc.
        Making Impossible Projects a Reality
    Carmel Financial Corporation
        Making it Possible
    Tom Wood Automotive Group
        Creating Customers for Life
    Aspire Indiana, Inc.
        Improving Behavioral Health

Profiles in Excellence 1972-1996
    Duke Realty
        Setting the Standard
    Browning Investments, Inc.
        Strength to make it happen. Resources to do it right.
    St. Vincent Health
        The Spirit of Caring
    Montgomery Aviation
        We've Got You Covered . . . Literally!
    Jones & Henry Engineers, Ltd
        Partnering for Success
    Hamilton County Alliance
        Enhancing the Economic Health and Quality of Life in Hamilton County
    SePro Corporation
        Solving Specialty Problems in a Mass-Market World
    CrossRoad Engineers, PC
        Exceeding Expectations
    Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP
        Our Firm Foundation is Construction

Profiles in Excellence 1997-2011
        Delivering Results With Each Promise
    DWA Healthcare Communications Group
        Raising the Bar in Healthcare Education
        Integrated Software for the Marketing World
    ACES Power Marketing
        The Power to Succeed
    Zeller Realty Group
        Insight to Value — Expertise, Innovation, and Efficiency
    Software Engineering Professionals
        Building innovative software solutions
    University High School
        Small by Design
    Community Health Network
        Exceptional care, simply delivered.
    Pedcor Companies
        At the Heart of Carmel
    Dealer Services Corporation
        Innovative Solutions. Outstanding Service. Great People.™
    Indiana University Health North Hospital
        Setting a New Standard of Patient Care
    Center for the Performing Arts
        Bringing the World to Indiana
The Honorable Jim Brainard, Mayor

Written by
The Honorable James Brainard, Mayor
City of Carmel

          Mayor Jim Brainard is Carmel's first five-term mayor. During that time, Carmel has grown in population from 32,000 to more than 80,000. Park land, greenspace and trails have increased. The creation of an Arts & Design District and a new downtown called City Center have helped create a vibrant thriving city where companies want to locate, where employees want to live and where families want to raise their children. Mayor Brainard is frequently asked to speak around the world about city planning, redevelopment and roadway networks.

          Mayor Brainard spearheaded the redevelopment in the Old Town area of Carmel into an Arts & Design District, which has transformed a much neglected original center of town into a thriving district with galleries, restaurants, shops and community events attracting thousands of visitors each year and the attention of the national and international media.

          As part of the City Center project to create a downtown for Carmel, Mayor Brainard incorporated world-class cultural and entertainment venues. The Center for the Performing Arts in City Center includes the Palladium, a state-of-the-art, 1,600-seat concert hall, the Tarkington, a 500-seat proscenium theater and the 200-seat Studio Theater. Mayor Brainard was also successful in gaining the talent of Michael Feinstein as the Artistic Director for the Center as well as integrating Feinstein's Foundation for the Preservation for the Great American Songbook into the cultural options at the Center. All of these venues, including an outdoor amphitheater named Rotary Centennial Plaza, opened in 2011.