Posted By: The Reporter January 10, 2019
Cecilia Coble, Fishers City Councilor At-Large, announced on Wednesday that she has filed for re-election to the seat she has served in since Fishers became a city in 2015.
Coble serves as Chair of the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability where she championed efforts to raise awareness and open opportunities in the business community for individuals with disabilities. Those efforts helped lead to Fishers receiving the 2017 Champions of Inclusion Award by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. Coble also co-chaired the Parks & Open Space Task Force for the development of the 2040 Parks Master Plan and City of Fishers Comprehensive Plan.
“I’m proud of what Fishers has accomplished in the last five years,” said Coble. “Not only have we continued to build Fishers through sound economic development, top-notch parks and recreation opportunities, and fiscal responsibility that is second to none, but we have also led to bring awareness and inclusion, creating a better quality of life for all our residents. I look forward to continuing our momentum of creating a strong sense of place in Fishers by prioritizing fiscal responsibility, public safety, and the efficient and effective delivery of city services.”
As a daughter of a retired FBI Special Agent, Cecilia is an advocate for law enforcement. She is also a founding member of the Fifty Club of Fishers, which provides supplemental life insurance and disability benefits to Fishers firefighters and police officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty.
Coble was recently appointed to the newly formed Fishers Arts & Culture Commission, serves on the boards of the Bev Hartig Huntington’s Disease Foundation and the Giving Hope Foundation, and is an Associate Member of the Christamore House Guild.
Coble received her B.A. from the University of Arizona and she holds a J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. After law school, she worked as a Government Relations Representative for Bank One Consumer Lending Group and as a Project/Account Manager for Pangea Lingua Translations & Communications in Indianapolis.
She and her husband Mike have been married for 25 years. They have two teenage daughters, Alexa and Crysta, who has autism and cognitive delays.
Posted: Dec 18, 2018 2:13 PM EST Updated: Dec 18, 2018 2:13 PM EST By Inside INdiana Business Staff
The City of Fishers announced today the newly appointed members of the first Fishers Arts & Culture Commission. The seven new board members have been appointed by the Mayor to serve two-year terms, beginning in January.
According to the city, the Commission will be overseen by the Department of Planning & Zoning and will “seek to engage and promote all forms of performing and visual art in Fishers in support of community and economic development efforts.”
One of Commission’s priorities will be updating Fishers’ Community Art Master Plan, which hopes to establish a long-term policy for facilitating community artwork and was developed in 2013.
The Commission members are:
• Cecilia Coble - City of Fishers Councilwoman
• David Decker - Owner of ACo and Co-Founder of Hub & Spoke
• Jeremiah Follis - Teacher at Hamilton Southeastern High School, Founder of Olio Productions, and Sculptor
• Kathryn Haigh - Chief Operating Officer at Newfields
• Chris Lingner - Founding Company Member of the Indianapolis Ballet
• Marisol Sanchez - Vice President, General Counsel at Endress+Hauser, Inc. USA
• Jocelyn Vare - Owner of Propeller Marketing
John TuohyIndianapolis Star Published 7:03 a.m. ET Jan. 26, 2019
With its reputation as a development juggernaut and high-tech hub on firm footing, Fishers is turning its attention to the finer things in life.
The downtown Nickel Plate was recently designated a statewide cultural district by the Indiana Arts Commission and the city followed that up by forming an Arts and Cultural Commission.
The state designation means Fishers has shown a commitment to offering variety in culture and arts downtown and can use it to help secure state and federal funding for projects and programs, said Anna Tragresser, artist and community services manager for the Indiana Arts Commission.
“It recognizes the area as a brand and to get there the city showed a broad collaboration between partners,” Tragesser said.
The state arts commission reviews applications every two years. Of the 30 submitted in the first 10 years, Fishers is the 10th city to get a district designation. Noblesville's Cultural Arts District have already been approved.
Tragesser said the reviewers liked the city’s record of public-private partnerships, such as the workshare site Launch Fishers; promotion of cultural events like the Fourth of July celebration, Spark Fishers; and its recent practice of promoting art displays in public buildings and public spaces.
The agency also looks for cities that are building vibrant neighborhoods, such as Fishers has done by increasing density and businesses in the Nickel Plate. Fishers, for its part, heavily promoted the rebuilt Nickel Plate Amphitheater at the Municipal Complex in its application.
The designation comes as artists in Fishers have recently been pushing for a permanent space where they can put on theatrical and musical performances and display art. Late last year, students from Ball State University's College of Art and Planning presented seven designs of an arts center to Mayor Scott Fadness, planning and zoning director Tony Bagato and other city officials.
But Fadness said the city was not yet ready to make a financial commitment to an arts center, so an artists' group, led by the 20-year-old Fishers Arts Council, is trying to raise $500,000 by 2020 for the center.
Arts Council Vice President Tom Rich said the nonprofit will begin a two-year fundraising drive in February, seeking donations from individuals and businesses. Some of the money will be used to hire a consultant to identify possible sites and the cost for a project. "This is something we've never done and hasn't been done in Fishers," Rich said. "It is something new in Fishers for Fishers."
The council is all volunteers, and its mission is to identify opportunities for art in the city. Among other exhibits, this year it will feature monthly displays in City Hall. This month it is showcasing abstract paintings by Indiana artists Matthew Hurdle and Diane Tracey Lehman.
Meanwhile, the newly formed Fishers Arts and Culture Commission commission, made up of six residents and Hamilton County Councilwoman Cecilia Coble, has held one orientation meeting and will hold its first regular meeting March 12.
“We already have an arts council so it needs to be determined how that will work with each other,” said Ashley Elrod, a city spokeswoman. One area the commission may have a role is in reviewing public arts works on corporate property, something the Arts Council is now consulted about. A city ordinance that requires 10 percent of commercial property downtown to be set aside for public space also allows the owners to substitute art work if the space is limited.
Although the city has been recently encouraging and hosting cultural events and art the past couple of years, officials acknowledge more can be done.“It is part of our strategy to become vibrant, and we have done that the last five years by focusing on the economy,” Elrod said. “But our arts community is very passionate and interested in helping us incorporate that into the strategy."
Coble agreed with that assessment." I believe the commission will expand opportunities for the performing and visual arts and culture to become a more integral part of the vision of Fishers as a smart, vibrant and entrepreneurial city," she said in an email.
Cecilia has once again received the endorsement of the Hamilton County Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 4416.
President Anthony L. Murray stated, "Your local fire fighters endorse you because we believe you are the best candidate to make Fishers safer for its citizens and the first responders answering their calls for help. We wish you continued success."