Fort Wayne Councilman Wants City on New Google Network

One Fort Wayne Councilman thinks the Summit City should be on the leading edge and take advantage of a new opportunity from Google to upgrade its fiber network. Sounds very interesting and forward thinking. Via Inside INdiana Business:

City Councilman Mitch V. Harper announced today that he has invited area government and community officials together to begin planning a response to Google’s announcement that it will select several communities to build out a ultra-fast and open fiber network.

Harper said, "I want to ensure that as a community we begin the fastest possible response to the possibility that we can keep pushing our community’s technological advantages. Google has advanced an interesting proposal. We owe it to our citizens and their economic future to begin planning the swiftest evaluation and possible response to Google."

Harper added, "I am gratified that representatives of Allen County, Fort Wayne, New Haven, and the congressional office will be coming together at my invitation."

Harper has scheduled a meeting at 7 AM tomorrow in the 4th Council District. The government and community representatives will meet at the conference room of the Mocha Lounge on Covington Road near Time Corners. 

Brownsburg, St. John, Others Honored by CNNMoney

In’s 2009 list of Best Places to Live for small(ish) towns, the top 50 featured two Hoosier burgs — Brownsburg (33rd) and St. John (48th).

Also noteworthy, in a ranking of the Most Affordable Cities (using the criteria, "Residents who buy real estate in these towns from the Best Places database see their incomes go the furthest"), Indiana placed five cities/towns in the top 25. They are:

2. New Haven – $89,152 (median home price in 2008)
7. Brownsburg – $131,000
10. Noblesville – $150,000
24. Plainfield – $126,000
25. Merrillville – $122,309

Check out the list here.

Hat tip to Inside INdiana Business.