City Of Bloomington Seeking Applicants For Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission And Urban Enterprise Association

(BLOOMINGTON) – The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill vacant positions on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission and the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association. 

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission seeks to promote and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and promote the acceptance of diversity in the community.

The Commission sponsors events and programs to commemorate the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, including a volunteer service day initiative “A Day ON! Not a Day Off”, “40 Days of Peace”, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award, and the annual community-wide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration.

The Commission also sponsors events throughout the year which promote
justice, racial harmony, and equal opportunity.

The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) aims to “provide the means to improve the economic, physical, and social environment for Zone residents and businesses.”

The BUEA Zone is an area north, west, and south of Downtown whose residents and businesses are eligible for scholarships, arts and business grants, and tax incentives.

In accordance with Indiana State Code Title 5-28-15, the BUEA contributes to economic development efforts in Bloomington’s urban core. Over its 25+ year lifespan, the BUEA has spurred millions of dollars in investment.  Indiana offers a variety of state tax benefits for Zone businesses, investors, and residents. Businesses and investors who claim Zone-related tax benefits remit a percentage of their savings to the BUEA, which in turn operates a variety of programs to spur economic development within the Zone. The BUEA is managed by the City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic & Sustainable Development (ESD). The board currently has three vacancies. Two are gubernatorial appointments.

The remaining vacancy is an appointment by Common Council of a Zone
Resident, of a differing political party than the other appointed zone resident. 

The duties of the position are to attend board meetings once a month and to review materials in advance of each board meeting. The estimated time commitment is 2 hours per month and there is no compensation.

To learn more about each of the City’s boards and commissions, including mission statements, membership requirements, current membership listings, and term lengths, meeting schedules and location, visit the city website, here: bloomington.in.gov/onboard.

If you are interested in applying to a vacant seat on a board or commission, you may apply, here.

All board and commission meetings are free and open to the public. Potential applicants are urged to attend a meeting of their desired board or commission prior to applying.

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