Mayor James Brainard

James Brainard
Phone: (317) 571-2401

Carmel, Indiana has been one of the fastest growing communities in the nation during the last decade. We take pride in the fact that we have managed to stay ahead of that growth. Carmel was listed as the #1 Place to Live in America by Money magazine because of our high quality of life. Our focus on strong fiscal management has yielded exceptional credit ratings, attracted top companies to Carmel and kept our residential tax payments some of the lowest in the state; all while providing a variety of amenities that are unequaled in the Midwest.

Carmel has excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, the world-class Center for The Performing Arts, Arts & Design District, an award winning Public Library and an expanded park system. We have attracted more than 40 corporate headquarters to Carmel and our Meridian Street Corridor is home to the second highest concentration of office workers in the state. We continue to find innovative ways to run our city more efficiently and cost-effectively.

We hope to continue providing the infrastructure and leadership necessary for Carmel to continue being the best city anywhere to live, work and enjoy life.

Biography of Mayor James Brainard

Mayor Jim Brainard is Carmel’s first five-term mayor. Under his tenure, Carmel has experienced tremendous growth and prosperity. It is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The population has grown from 25,000 to almost 80,000 in the last 12 years. Park land, greenspace, and trails have increased from 40 acres to more than 800, including the Monon Trail and Central Park. The creation of a new downtown and the Arts & Design District has breathed new life into forgotten areas of the city. All of these improvements have given the citizens of Carmel increased opportunities for recreation and cultural activities