By Chris Bavender
Josh Garrett has announced he will run for a second term on the Zionsville Town Council. He was elected in 2015 to represent District 5, became council vice president in 2017 and became president later that year.
“I’ve really enjoyed the job, not only learning everything it takes to be successful on town council, but meeting with my constituents,” Garrett said. “Government, at a local level, can be very impactful to individuals, both positive and negative. I like to think my impact has been positive for those living in my district, and Zionsville as a whole.”
Garrett said if he is re-elected, he will continue to work with the mayor and fellow councilors to make Zionsville a coveted place to live. He said he also will continue efforts to bring high-tech companies to Creekside Corporate Park, which he said is ideally placed in terms of its unique layout and location to be the hub for those companies.
Garrett is the president and co-founder of the mobility software company MOBI on 96th Street near Zionsville Road.
“I serve as president of the largest local technology company in Zionsville,” he said. “I’ve found that speaking with other technology business owners, my story provides instant credibility in terms of having a shared experience. Being able to tell my story about how my own business has successfully grown with the support of Zionsville and Boone County, and how my company’s story can translate into their own story of success in Zionsville, gives us a leg up in recruitment.”
Garrett said his business experience serves him well when it comes to negotiating with new businesses to move to Zionsville.
“Not only does my story resonate with business owners, I also can approach the negotiation from a business perspective to find a solution that is fair to the town,” he said.
Seeing the proposed Overly-Worman Park and other park areas to completion also is part of his vision for Zionsville.
“As a father of three kids, our parks have given my wife and me a key tool to get our kids away from screens and outside,” Garrett said. ”Parks are not only a great asset for the community and how people are able to enjoy nature and the outdoors, they are also a great economic driver.”
Garrett’s primary goal in his second term is to continue to build Zionsville’s base of commercial businesses that are appropriate for the town.
“I feel we are in good shape with staff leadership and now have a much stronger balance sheet to continue to invest in our community,” Garrett said. “I would like that balance sheet to continue to strengthen through the additional areas where development makes sense. I also would like to see continued investment in our technology infrastructure for residents, especially in broadband, to provide another draw to our community for business leaders.”