Mayor Jim Brainard is Carmel’s first six-term mayor. During that time, Carmel has grown in population from 25,000 to more than 80,000. Parkland, greenspace and trails have increased. The creation of an Arts & Design District and a new downtown called City Center have helped create a vibrant, thriving city where companies want to locate, where employees want to live and where families want to raise their children. Mayor Brainard is frequently asked to speak around the world about city planning, redevelopment, roadway networks and climate policy. He has encouraged the construction of roundabouts, which reduces accidents with injury almost 80 percent at intersections when contrasted to signalized intersections. Carmel will open the 100th roundabout intersection later this year and has more roundabouts than any other city in the U.S. Mayor Brainard serves as a Trustee and Co-chair of the Energy Independence and Climate Protection Task Force for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In November of 2013 he was appointed to the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience by the President of the United States. Mayor Brainard’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in History from Butler University and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Ohio Northern University. He also received a diploma from the Oxford Institute on International and Comparative Law from the University of San Diego.