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MIKE PAVEY
MAYOR, CITY OF RUSHVILLE, IN

While smaller cities across the U.S. have seen population declines and the degradation of economic and cultural opportunities in recent decades, a shining example of a much rosier future is the city of Rushville, Indiana.

By reinvesting in a 20,000 square-foot, historic downtown building, Rushville has created a new City Center to centralize its municipal employees, house a movie theater, and eventually house local higher education opportunities. Mayor Mike Pavey believes Rushville has much to celebrate. “Through economic development initiatives like the City Center, we’ve helped energize our downtown and given our community a renewed sense of pride.”


“We’ve helped energize our downtown and given our community a renewed sense of pride. First Internet Bank was integral in making this a reality.”

First Internet Bank savors the opportunity to collaborate with cities like Rushville, spurring economic development and creating better communities, particularly when our deep expertise in public finance helps structure a lower-cost alternative. We encourage our clients to see the sky by thinking big, even when they’re labeled “small”. “First Internet Bank was integral in making this a reality by negotiating a private placement for our financing and ultimately providing the most competitive terms,” said Pavey.

The new City Center is just the start of big things for Rushville. Brian Sheehan, the director of community development, noted, “We currently have 86 economic development projects worth $91 million in the works, and the success of the City Center illustrates our commitment to see those through.” Count First Internet Bank as a believer.