Christkindlmarkt voted nation’s best – The Carmel Christkindlmarkt has been voted Best Holiday Market in the United States for the second time from the USA Today 10Best competition. The candidates were selected by a panel of experts and 10Best editors, and then the public voted for their favorites. The Carmel Christkindlmarkt also received the first-place spot in 2019.
Synergize benefits HCSO Foundation – Synergize held its final 4:30 Meetup of the year on Dec. 14. The event benefited the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Community Foundation, specifically the Shop with Kids program. Through Shop with Kids, deputies help fulfill children’s Christmas lists and hand-deliver toys, clothes and school supplies to their homes. Over the past two years, Synergize has raised more than $125,000 for local causes. Outside of the 4:30 Meetups, Synergize builds deep relationships between its members through intentional connections and smaller meetups and groups. Learn more at synergizeindy.com.
State to give tax refund – Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Dec. 15 an estimated 4.3 million taxpayers will receive a $125 refund after they file their 2021 taxes. An estimated $545 million will be returned to Hoosiers after taxpayers file their 2021 state taxes. The governor is working with leaders of the general assembly on legislation that will streamline the process and make an additional 910,000 taxpayers eligible for the credit. The typical taxpayer liability is approximately $1,000. This payment represents a 12-13 percent one-time tax cut. DOR expects to complete refunds for taxpayers filing by the April 18, 2022, filing deadline by May 1, 2022.
Mission Possible scholarship winner – Carmel resident Renuka Bajpai, a freshman at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, received a $1,000 scholarship for finishing in third place in the school’s Mission Possible competition, which recognizes students whose presentations demonstrate passion for a cause and a commitment to pursuing a future in philanthropy. Bajpai aims to help veterans with PTSD by connecting them with resources and reduce suicide rates.
Holiday trash, recycling schedule — Trash and recycling residential services in Carmel will not be delayed by New Year’s Day. The holiday falls on a Saturday, which is not a normal service day. Residents should place their trash and recycling out on their normal day of the week.
Scholarship awarded – Alivia Gaskins of Carmel has received the Carmel Family Conservatory Scholarship at Baldwin Wallace University. Gaskins is a Carmel High School graduate majoring in music education.
Commissioner named vice president — Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt was elected 2022 vice president of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners during the organization’s annual conference. Heirbrandt will be vice president of the IACC’s board of directors, which determines policies and legislative goals for the association.
Holiday lights recycling — Carmel Clay Schools Green Teams, City of Carmel Utilities, Tech Recyclers and White’s Ace Hardware are working together to offer a Holiday Light Recycling Drive. Through Jan. 20, residents can recycle used and unwanted holiday lights at White’s Ace Hardware at 731 S. Range Line Road. The CCS Green Teams will offer recycling at CCS campuses through Jan. 6. For more, contact Kelli Prader at the City of Carmel Utilities department at 317-571-2673.
Hasbrook Award nominations open – Bosma has opened nominations for the 2022 Thomas C. Hasbrook Award, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates exceptional commitment to supporting people with disabilities. Bosma is seeking nominees who exemplify a strong community service orientation through advocacy, leadership and program development and who assist individuals who are disabled to realize their potential. Nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Along with the nominee’s name, indicate why this individual would be an appropriate candidate for this award. All nominations are due by Feb. 1, 2022.
Governor’s Fellowship — Gov. Eric Holcomb is accepting applications through Jan. 28, 2022, for the 2022–2023 Governor’s Fellowship, which places fellows in various state agencies on a rotating basis throughout the year. The program is open to college graduates who received their bachelor’s degree beginning in summer or fall of 2021 or will receive it in the spring of 2022. Fellows are paid, full-time employees who participate in the day-to-day activities of state government. Applicants should know if they have been selected for an interview no later than Feb. 14, 2022. The fellowship will begin July 1, 2022. Learn more and apply at in.gov/gov/governors-office/governors-fellowship-program.
Military Veterans Hall of Fame — The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the Class of 2022 through Aug. 1, 2022. To be eligible, the nominee must have been born in Indiana, entered military service from Indiana, lived in Indiana for a minimum of five years and have no felony convictions. A nomination form can be found at imvhof.com/nominate. To learn more about the organization or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit imvhof.com.
November home sales – November saw a fast-moving Carmel residential real estate market, with homes leaving the market quickly fueled by a slight decrease in sale prices. According to F.C. Tucker Co., Carmel homes sold five days, or 29.4 percent, faster than November 2020. The average sale price for a home in Carmel decreased slightly compared to this time last year, down 3.3 percent to $511,253. The average price per square foot for a Carmel home was $187.95, an 8.6 percent decrease.
Centier Bank honored – The Indiana District Office of the Small Business Administration recently recognized Indiana-based Centier Bank as part of its annual lender awards for outstanding efforts in Indiana business lending. Centier received the Silver Award for Community Lending and the Third-Party Lender Award from the administration.
Carmel’s unemployment rate – The Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development released labor statistics for cities, towns and counties in Indiana on Dec. 20, and Carmel once again saw a drop in the city’s unemployment rate. The rate for November was 1.2 percent, which is down from October’s 1.6 percent. The State of Indiana’s unemployment rate is 3.0, while the national rate is 4.2 (both are seasonally adjusted). Carmel’s unemployment rate is the lowest among any city in Indiana with a population of at least 25,000.
Ulbricht named IMLA stat chair – Ashley Ulbricht has been appointed as the Indiana State Chair for the International Municipal Lawyers Association). IMLA appoints a state chair for each of the 50 states to act in an advisory role to the board of directors on matters of policy, programs and membership. Ulbricht is an attorney in Taft’s Indianapolis office and a member of the firm’s municipal and litigation groups. Prior to joining Taft, she served as a city attorney for the City of Carmel and general counsel to the Carmel Redevelopment Commission.
Everything Home to open showroom – Everything Home will open a 2,600 square foot retail showroom and studio space in early 2022 on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center. The Everything Home showroom and studio will be a destination for purchasing curated home furnishings and décor. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet Everything Home’s design team to learn more about their signature process and services for hire.
MY SALON suites now open – MY SALON Suite at Carmel City Center is now open on the plaza of the United Fidelity Bank Building at 800 S. Range Line Rd., Hanover Place, Suite 290. The Carmel City Center location is the first Indianapolis area location and second Indiana location for the company. MY SALON Suite provides beauty and wellness professionals across many specialties a location to build their business and talents. The 28 private suites come fully equipped with furniture, including a full-length mirror with surround lighting and storage, a styling chair, a separate shampoo bowl, a color bar with separate sink and options for business owners to customize the space with their own flair and choice of paint colors.
MJ Insurance VP — MJ Insurance, a Carmel-based risk management and employee benefits agency, has hired Braden Pitts as vice president of technology. Pitts comes to MJ Insurance with more than a decade of technical leadership experience and expertise in IT infrastructure management. Pitts holds an associate of science from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and recently earned his bachelor’s in Information Technology from Colorado State University.
30e Scientific honored – Carmel-based 3Oe Scientific, a sci-tech company advancing the science and benefits of ozonated water, has been announced as a winning company in the 2022 Powderkeg Unvalley Awards. This recognizes 3Oe Scientific as one of the best tech companies to work for in emerging tech communities beyond Silicon Valley. The award winning companies were selected based on data collected from the companies for their company profile on Powderkeg, supplemented with publicly available third-party data. Companies are able to add data to their Powderkeg profile including company size, perks and benefits, funding, industry, and employee testimonials.
Blood drive – The City of Carmel, the Indianapolis Colts Bleed Blue program and Versiti are partnering to hold a blood drive from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 28 at Carmel’s Water Treatment Plant, 4915 E. 106th St. The Carmel police and fire departments are holding a contest to see who can generate the most donations. When donating, ask the technician for a ballot to vote. Sign up to donate at donate.indiana.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/152435.