Martinsville Mayor Kenny Costin was elected President of the Board of Directors of Administrative Resources association (ARa), at its quarterly meeting held in Columbus, Indiana Wednesday, February 8, 2023.  The association, which is owned by southern Indiana cities, provides assistance in the planning and financing of community and economic development projects.

In announcing the election, Eric Frey, Executive Director of ARa, stated:  Mayor Costin has been a responsive and supportive member of ARa Board.  His election as President of the association is a reflection of the respect and confidence his fellow mayors have for his leadership abilities.”

ARa is a governmental association founded in 1973 with help from the Lilly Endowment. ARa helps cities better compete for community and economic development resources and comply with complex federal regulations.  ARa has negotiated financial incentive packages for more than 200 new industrial ventures resulting in the investment of more than $750 million and the creation of more than 4,000 new jobs.  ARa has helped create and manage small business loan programs totaling over $1 Million. In the area of community development, ARa has developed and administered more than 600 projects involving water and sewer systems, affordable housing, park, and recreation facilities, new public buildings, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, law enforcement programs, and transportation systems.

 “Over the years, ARa has helped our community develop programs and acquire and manage funding to help upgrade our public infrastructure, improve the quality of life of our community, and recently help secure funding to upgrade our utilities.” said Mayor Costin, adding “ARa is an effective and efficient way for cities to work together, and I am pleased to have been selected to serve as President.”