By Noah Alatza
Mayor Scott Fadness recently tapped Gurinder Singh Khalsa to lead the Fishers Town Building Corp. as board director and vice president. Gurinder was the first American Sikh to sit on the corporation’s board before being appointed to leadership roles Aug. 25.
The town building corporation’s main function is to oversee city grants, subsidies and other financial benefits directly connected to Fishers construction projects.
“Fishers is my home city and (the) Mayor of Fishers has recently acknowledged and recognized the Sikh community,” Gurinder stated in a press release sent to Current. “It is an honor to serve this city and be (of) value.”
Gurinder is the founder and president of the Sikhs Political Action Committee. Launched in August 2016, the PAC supports state political candidates in the Republican and Democratic parties.
Gurinder immigrated to the United States 20 years ago from Kurukshetra, India and became a citizen in 2007. Sikhs PAC donated money to 2016 gubernatorial candidates Eric Holcomb, a Republican, and Democrat John Gregg.
Along with GOP and Democratic candidates for school superintendent and attorney general, the PAC works across party lines, spokesman Ben Skirvin said.
Fadness expects Khalsa’s appointment to benefit Fishers for many years to come.
“I have had the opportunity to get to know Gurinder over the last few years because of his leadership on city initiatives and volunteerism,” Fadness said. “The Town Building Corp. plays an important role in the development of Fishers, and I know Gurinder’s entrepreneurial experience and community pride will benefit our city for years to come.”