Mayoral Hopeful Launches Bid at RV Park
Mortgage banker Chip Greenberg announced his bid for mayor of Hobart, Ind., Tuesday (Jan. 11), saying the city needs someone with a business background to move it forward, the Gary Post-Tribune reported.
Unlike the other two candidates who have already announced their bids for the office — Mayor Brian Snedecor and former Mayor Linda Buzinec — Greenberg’s announcement was a low-key affair with just a couple supporters from the RV park he championed.
Greenberg said he is running as an independent, although he is a Democratic precinct committeeman. Greenberg, 53, said he chose the Silverstone development on Mississippi Street to announce his candidacy because it was one of two key projects he believes the city mishandled — the other being the Bear Country RV park on the former St. Sava Serbian church property near Robinson Lake.
The Silverstone project, just north of U.S. 30, would include a hotel, retail, two sports domes and convention center.
“These two projects are what put me into action,” he said.
“There has been a lot of emphasis in the last two administrations on public projects, but public projects don’t create jobs or revenue,” Greenberg said.
He said his business background — which includes 15 years in banking, seven years in operating a franchise and six years in landscape architecture — would help save the city a lot of money in attorney costs, making him a good choice. He said he would also look for grant money to bring more youth sports and activities to the city.
He said the U.S. 30 retail corridor has not had a lot of change in recent years and businesses in downtown Hobart continue to struggle.
He sees the St. Sava site and Silverstone projects, along with County Line Orchard, as key drivers of business development for the whole city.
Greenberg had been appointed to the South Shore Convention and Visitors Association board by Snedecor, but was replaced late last year. Greenberg said he was blindsided at the removal, though Snedecor said he had volunteered to step down.
Greenberg is a Hobart High School and Ball State University graduate having returned to the city nine years ago after living on the West Coast for about 20 years. He and his wife have four children.