Seymour is alive with progress and prosperity. Nearly 18,000 people live in this beautiful community in South Central Indiana. Seymour is a city on the move, dedicating itself to excellence at all levels. To sum it up, Seymour has the best of both worlds... small town hospitality and a growing progressive business community.
Seymour is unique in that its location offers many benefits sure to satisfy the needs of almost anyone. It's nestled amidst southern Indiana's rolling hills, wildlife refuges, national and state parks, private parks and recreational areas. While the city fulfills cultural, economic and social needs, the country offers the natural beauty and peace of America. Some of the highlights of residential Seymour include renovated historical homes, mostly located near the downtown area where Seymour got its start. Moving away from the center of town there are neighborhoods filled with small cottage-style homes, ranch sub-divisions, and quiet residential parks. Seymour also offers country living, lakeside communities, and the modern convenience of apartments and condominiums.
Seymour, as a community, gets together several times a year for festivals and special events. The biggest festival of the is the Seymour Oktoberfest, held the first weekend of October. Each year thousands of people attend the three day event featuring dancing, food, drinks, music, arts and crafts, a carnival, and a parade, plus much more. The Mid-Summer Art show brings local artists together to display their creativity. Founded in 1987, the show forms a basis for local visual arts organization and to encourage appreciation for the creativity in this locality. Parades are held several times throughout the year, featuring high school bands, dance troops, youth organizations, social clubs, war veterans, and more.
Cultural experiences come in all shapes and sizes in Seymour. John Mellencamp Seymour native and recording artist, assisted in the foundation of the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, located just outside the city limits. Area artists are featured on exhibit, and classes are offered to citizens young and old, who are interested in the arts and creativity. The Southern Indiana Community Concerts series, based in Seymour, provides a wide range of musical groups who perform approximately five times a year, featuring a range of music from jazz to symphony.
Seymour's business community is centered in the downtown area, where it all began so many years ago. Downtown today offers a mixture of retail and service businesses. The downtown has been totally revitalized, and the historic buildings renovated. The Downtown Redevelopment Corporation has implemented benches, tree-lined streets, and no overhead lines. The beauty and convenience of the downtown business area gives consumers a unique shopping experience. Many of Seymour's banking institutions and city offices are also located downtown, adding to the convenience for our citizens.
One of Seymour's many assets is Freeman Field Municipal Airport and Industrial Park. Originally a World War II military flight-training base and research center for captured aircraft, this 2,500 acre facility was deeded to the city shortly after the war. Now operated by the city, Freeman Field is home to over 50 businesses. The airport is the center for air freight, private charter, and executive flights. The continuous growth of Seymour's industrial base brought the addition to the East Side Industrial Park. Founded in 1983, the East Side Industrial Park has continued to attract many new businesses to the Seymour area. Businesses all over the world have found the East Side Industrial Park the perfect place to expand. The progressive city government, tax incentives, utilities readily available, and excellent workforce add to the attractions of this area of Indiana.
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