Pavey?s nomination letter stated, ?Mike has been a visionary to our community, helping to plan and execute several key projects that have raised the bar for the quality of life that residents of Rushville and Rush County can enjoy today.?
Mike has served as President of the Rushville City Council, where he has been a member since 1996. He is also a member of Mayor Bridges? Board of Works and the Unsafe Hearing Board.
It was Mike?s vision to re-create Riverside Park. Mike?s dedicated work ethic facilitated Rushville to create an amphitheatre that could host community events and concerts in a beautiful setting just a block away from the town square. Mike was the city?s lead person on this project. He organized many volunteers to donate time and resources to getting the covered bridge-like structure up in a very quick time frame. He worked behind the scenes to schedule entertainment and setup the logistics of the events. His concept has now turned into a free summer concert series enjoyed by local residents and out-of-town guests. It is a venue that is unmatched by neighboring communities, and will help bring people to our community.
Mike is very active in the community and is often a spectator or participant in many public events. His company Emerald Group has donated its times and talents to several projects as well.