city finds new heights


As mayor of fast-growing Fishers, Indiana, Scott Fadness has created a dynamic environment that establishes the city as a smart, vibrant, entrepreneurial municipality. A sleepy rural town in 1960 (population 388), the city of Fishers now has more than 93,000 residents calling it home.

From left to right:
Ashley Elrod, Director of Public Relations
Megan Baumgartner, Director of Economic Development
Lisa Bradford, Controller
Sarah Sandquist, Director of Parks and Recreation

To position Fishers as a city to live, work and play, Fadness knew he had to balance business growth—awarding $430 million in development projects over the past three years—with recreational opportunities. The city boasts 24 parks and 104 miles of nature and multi-use trails where area residents can enjoy green space and blue sky. This balanced approach earned the city of Fishers the #1 spot on Money magazine’s list of best places to live in America in 2017.

“Other banks seemed too set in their ways, but First Internet Bank found a way to say ‘yes.’”

Suffice it to say, Fadness knows a thing or two about innovation and how to run an organization efficiently. When his forward-thinking team recognized the city’s financial operations weren’t functioning like a well-oiled machine, they decided to tear things apart and start anew. “We had some pretty antiquated ways of doing business that simply wouldn’t meet the standards of most modern companies,” said Lisa Bradford, the city’s controller. “So we made a number of changes that included finding a like-minded, forward-thinking banking partner, ready to grow with us.”

First Internet Bank, no stranger to entrepreneurial ventures, gladly accepted the challenge to help the city see the sky. Our unique approach to banking instills a can-do mindset that removes many of the obstacles that cause traditional banks to stumble. “Other banks seemed too set in their ways, but First Internet Bank found a way to say ‘yes’. The relationship has not only helped us save money, but it has allowed our staff to spend less time making the city’s operations run and more time making the city better,” Fadness noted. “As we continue to grow, we look forward to expanding our banking relationship as new challenges arise.”