About Seymour

The City of Seymour is located one hour south of Indianapolis, one hour north of Louisville and one and one-half hours west of Cincinnati. Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana is the place to live your future! Seymour has a population of approximately 20,000 residents and is served by Mayor Matthew Nicholson, Clerk-Treasurer Darrin Boas and seven Councilmembers.

Seymour is a thriving industrial, commercial, and residential community based on well-planned growth and progress. The quality of life is demonstrated by Seymour’s “small town” yet bustling atmosphere, beautiful parks and open spaces, attractive landscaping and arterial streets, a low crime rate, quality schools and affordable housing. Because of the geographic location, a pro-business environment, and a proactive local government — Seymour is expected to continue to grow.

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South Central Indiana Submits READI Proposal seeking $49.5 million to support $378 million in projects

A region with deep roots in collaboration has submitted a $49.5 million READI grant proposal to the State of Indiana to support $378 million in projects to stimulate housing, regional amenities, workforce training and innovation.

The ambitious plan was developed through a collaboration of communities, non-profit organizations and employers who are located largely in Bartholomew, Jackson and Jennings Counties. The region includes, but is not limited to, the communities of Columbus, Seymour, North Vernon and Edinburgh, which brings portions of Johnson and Shelby counties into the plan as well. 

Plan organizers expect the targeted investments to lead to a growing population, enhanced educational attainment and increased job opportunities for the region’s 156,000 residents.

The grant proposal describes the vision of the South Central Indiana Talent Region as being built on three principles: powerful technologies, prosperous communities and a resilient future. Inspired by the vision and guided by public input, the region’s proposal calls on four strategies:

  1. Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  2. Education and Workforce Development
  3. Housing and Talent Attraction
  4. Quality of Place

The 187-page proposal offers details on 25 agreed upon projects and initiatives to be implemented in the region:

Strategy 1: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Key projects to support Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the region include investments in a new mobility test park and proving ground at the site of the former Walesboro Airport in Columbus, a project that has been envisioned for several years, plus funding for the new Propeller Innovation Center on the AirPark Columbus campus, and expansion of the Seymour High School Owl Manufacturing program.

Strategy 2: Education and Workforce Development

Investments under this strategy will be made for the expansion of programming at the Jackson County Learning Center and construction of a new Panther Technology Education Center by the Jennings County School Corp. Another significant project will support a Campus Access and Student Success project at the AirPark Columbus campus which is the shared home of the Columbus Learning Center, Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence and regional sties of Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue Polytechnic Institute with a combined student population of about 5,000 individuals.

Strategy 3: Housing and Talent Attraction

Projects include a 200-unit market rate complex in downtown Columbus, 123 new homes in the North Vernon Knobstone subdivision, 64 units of workforce and multi-generational housing in Jackson County, and a new 35-home development in Edinburgh. The plan also calls for other regional initiatives and housing incentive programs, including the innovative “Welcome Home Talent Attraction Program” which plans to offer a reverse scholarship to returning college graduates who move back to the region within five years of graduation, along with down payment and rent assistance to those relocating to the region for new career opportunities.

Strategy 4: Quality of Place

One of the largest projects to support this strategy will be the redevelopment and adaptive reuse of the mostly vacant 400,000 square foot Fair Oaks Mall into the new NexusPark – a regional health, wellness, sports and fitness facility to offer healthcare services to the region’s residents while also attracting sports tourism from around the Midwest. In Jennings County, the Quarry Adventure Park will see a former stone quarry become a new public park and recreation center, and in Jackson County, an expansion of Chateau de Pique will enhance tourism at the destination winery, brewery and event center. Downtowns throughout the region will also benefit from a new Downtown Revitalization Fund, enabling projects in any of the region’s communities. Additional investments will be made in the proposed Columbus Riverfront Project, a new downtown hotel and conference center, and other projects.”

In developing projects to implement the strategies, a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from each of the three primary counties, including Seymour Mayor Matt Nicholson and Jim Plump, executive director of Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. selected HWC Engineering to facilitate workshops, surveys and other meetings to gather public input from residents, local governments and employers in the region.

Among the rules of the READI grant program is a requirement that all READI funds be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by local governments or other public sources. The State program also has a goal of attracting up to a 3:1 match of private funds. The South Central Indiana Talent Region has surpassed the State’s goals by proposing projects that will garner more than a 2:1 match of local dollars and a 4:1 match of private funds, for a total match that equals $6.65 to every $1 of requested READI funds. 

“The READI grant is an opportunity to create partnerships that will lead to true transformation in our individual communities and our region as a whole,” Nicholson said. “This program has allowed and encouraged us to work together in a way that truly serves a larger purpose – a purpose of what is good for one of us is good for all of us. This will bring great attention to our communities and help us prosper for many, many years to come.”

For all the details about the South Central Indiana Talent Region’s 2021 Regional Development Plan Submission for the Indiana Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) Grant, visit www.southcentralreadi.com.


Calling All Artists

In an effort to encourage community pride and support the arts, Seymour City Hall is seeking artwork to display in a rotating exhibit in the newly renovated city hall building at 301-309 N. Chestnut St.

Entries can include photography, drawings, paintings, sculpture and mixed media. Submissions, excluding sculptures, must be framed and ready to hang.

There are no age requirements, and artists do not have to live in Seymour to participate.

Jane Hays, administrative assistant to the mayor, is spearheading the project.

“The mayor and I had talked about a rotating art exhibit at city hall near the beginning of his term,” Hays said.

Before the renovation, there were some photos from local artist Kevin Greene on display and Hays said they received lots of good feedback.

City Hall is scheduled to reopen in mid-October. Renovations include a new HVAC, new flooring, lighting and ceilings along with freshly painted walls in a bright color palette. Several new spaces including offices and a second large conference room also have been added.

“We are excited about the changes to city hall, so we thought this was the perfect time to showcase some great artwork by talented people,” Hays said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the community has to offer.”

Pieces to be displayed will be chosen at the discretion of the mayor and city hall staff. Any artwork containing profanity, vulgarity or indecent subject matter will not be displayed.

Artwork will remain on display for six months and then returned to the owner. If an artist is wanting to sell the work, they must include their name, contact information and price to be displayed along with the piece.

First round of submissions will be accepted until Oct. 4. Artwork can be brought to the temporary city hall at 211 N. Chestnut St.

There will be an open house and reception at a later date for the public to come in and view the art and renovations.

For more information, contact Jane Hays at 812-523-5880.




Road Rejuvenation Project

Seymour will begin a project after Labor Day to extend the life of just more than 7 miles of city streets.

On or after Sept. 7, crews from RejuvTec Inc. will be applying an in-depth seal coat of the asphalt rejuvenating product Reclamite on many local streets.

The product is designed to restore the asphalt pavement back to its proper chemical balance, improve flexibility, eliminate cracking and potholes, reduce road fatigue and slow the oxidation process.

Seymour received $108,200.18 earlier this year from the state’s Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which the city will match with funds from the Seymour Redevelopment Commission to fund the road rejuvenation project.

Using Reclamite is a way to make newly constructed pavement last longer and provide corrective maintenance on deteriorated pavement to preserve streets and delay further deterioration and more costly fixes.

Preventive maintenance on a roadway can be compared to changing the oil in a vehicle. It will greatly extend service life at a lower cost than repaving or reconstruction.

City engineer Bernie Hauersperger said he is glad the city is able to move forward with the rejuvenation project.

“We are excited that we can take this progressive step in pavement maintenance,” he said. “This project will allow streets that have good pavement to last longer before we need a major overlay.” 

The product replaces oils in the pavement that have been dried by the sun, preparing it once again to be weather resistant.

Application will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. All cars parked on the street need to be removed during those times. Streets will be closed a lane at a time. Flaggers and signage will be in place to help direct traffic. Residents will be notified of rejuvenation work on their street by a door hanger beforehand.

Residents will have access to their driveways at all times. During the application period, RejuvTech workers will provide assistance to drivers and residents if needed.

An applicator truck sprays the Reclamite on the asphalt surface. The product goes down pink and penetrates into the asphalt. It then changes color in about 15-30 minutes depending on temperature and other factors. 

Reclamite is a petroleum maltene based product and will temporarily darken the pavement.

After application, a light coating of sand is then put down to absorb any residual Reclamite to reduce tracking of the product into homes. Although odorless, pets and children should not be allowed on the street during and immediately after application.

The road will remain closed until after the sand has been applied because the road will be slick and oil can get on vehicles. Sand will be swept up within two days.

To reduce the chance of getting residue on vehicles, speed should be kept to a minimum for several days.

 Should residue get on a resident’s driveway, it can be washed away with water or will wear off in a few weeks. If it gets on a vehicle, it should be washed off immediately with soap and water or a mild solvent remover.

Also, residents should not use lawn sprinklers or wash their vehicles as the street must be dry to receive the treatment. In the event of rain, work will be delayed until the following day.

Click here to view a list of the Road Rejuventation Projects




Meet the 2021-22 Seymour Mayor's Youth Council

Members are Gracie Adams, Paul Bontrager, Addie Brock, Macy Casner, Lorelai Dixon, Anastaesia Fields, Luke Franklin, Caden Harriss, Lucy Horton, Elizabeth Kirby, Cory Robinson, Brandon Rodriguez and Phoebe Underwood. Not in attendance: Grace Claycamp, Mary Higdon and Bryce Blevins.

Bontrager, Casner, Horton, Robinson, Higdon and Blevins are serving their second year on the council.

The council serves as an advisory board to the mayor on issues affecting youth in the community. Nicholson started the youth council when he took office in 2020.

“It promotes civic commitment and community volunteerism, and gives our youth a voice and an opportunity to get involved in city government,” Nicholson said.



Fourth and O'Brien Intersection Improvement Project

Sample Roundabout Image - Not located in Seymour We would like to thank those from SEH Engineering, INDOT and all of the citizens who participated in last night's public hearing on the proposed $1.58 million Fourth and O'Brien Intersection Improvement project which includes the construction of a mini-roundabout, sidewalks and bike lanes.

The public comment period remains open through Sept. 16. Comments can be emailed to Glenn Peterson at gpeterson@sehinc.com.

All comments submitted will become part of the public record, and they will be entered into a transcript, reviewed, evaluated, and given full consideration during the decision-making process.

Final design plans will be completed later this year with construction beginning in the summer of 2022 at the earliest.

Click here to view the INDOT Road Plans for O'Brien Street at 4th Street

Click here to download the Powerpoint Presentation

Pictured Above - Sample Roundabout Image - Not located in Seymour



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