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October 19, 2022Press releases5/5 - (1 vote) MEDIA CONTACT Noah Alatza [email protected] 317-519-7892 Halloween Trick-or-Treating Times for Boone County BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (October 19, 2022) — The Boone County Commissioners hope that members of the community participating in Halloween enjoy a fun and safe evening. Below are the official trick-or-treating times for Boone County on Monday, October 31.  Boone County Municipalities – Trick-Or-Treat Times: Advance  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Jamestown 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Lebanon 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Thorntown  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Whitestown 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Zionsville 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Community Events: Jamestown will host a Costume Contest in the Town Park by the basketball court on Halloween night at 6:00 p.m. There will be prizes for 1st place winners. Local businesses will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters around the park.  Lebanon will host “Mischief on Meridian,” a family-friendly trunk-or-treat event on the Boone County Courthouse square from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on October 29. Thorntown will host a parade and costume contest on Halloween night. The parade lineup will begin at 5:00 p.m., and the parade will begin at 5:30 p.m.  The Whitestown Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Trick-or-Treat Trail at Anson Acres Park (4671 Anson Blvd) from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on October 29.  The Zionsville Lions Club is hosting Pumpkins and Hayrides from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 23. The Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Center is hosting a Fall Festival event from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on October 29.  [...]
November 17, 2021Press releases5/5 - (1 vote) For Immediate Release – November 15, 2021Contact: Nancy Carpenter, (317) 459-0986, [email protected] The launch coincides with master planning of the future largest nature park in Boone County.Zionsville Parks Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to preserve, enhance and grow athriving parks system, launched this week. The launch coincides with the master planning of thenonprofit’s first major conservation and restoration project in turning the former 216-acre WolfRun Golf Club, now named the Carpenter Nature Preserve, into the future site of a new naturecenter and the county’s largest conservation park. “As the Town of Zionsville continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, it is more important thanever that our community prioritizes the protection and development of green space,” saidFounder and Board of Directors President Nancy Carpenter. Jim and Nancy Carpenter The Foundation champions the preservation of and access to parks and green spaces inZionsville. The Foundation will collaborate with the Town of Zionsville Parks Department, thePark Board, and the Town Council on various projects, including scholarships for summerprograms, park and land acquisitions and more exciting projects to come. The Town of Zionsville supported the Foundation with a $3,900 Community Enrichment Grant inSeptember, and the nonprofit welcomes donations by the community.“Together we want to build upon Zionsville’s parks system by adding more places to hike,recharge and stay connected with the outdoor world,” said Carpenter.To learn more about the Zionsville Parks Foundation, visit its website where you can browsearticles, learn about the nonprofit volunteer board members, sign up for e-news and donate tosupport ongoing and future projects. The Foundation will have a presence at the Town of Zionsville’s first-ever Winterfest and willsponsor a photobooth and a live reindeer exhibit on Saturday, December 11th. ABOUT ZIONSVILLE PARKS FOUNDATIONZionsville Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and exists to preserve, enhance and grow a thriving system ofparks and programs for community enjoyment, education and wellness. Please and follow the Foundation’s Instagram and Facebook to learn more. For more information about the Carpenters’ efforts to transform the former Wolf Run golf course, see our Zionsville Monthly May 2021 cover story. [...]
March 10, 2021Press releases5/5 - (1 vote) PRESS RELEASE: Boone County Basketball Hall of Fame – Indiana RE: 2021 Inductee Class  March 10, 2021 We are very pleased to announce our 2021 Inductee Class for the Boone County Basketball Hall of Fame. A special “Thanks” goes out to all those who took the time to make these deserving nominations. Inductee Class: Bob Caldwell of Whitestown 1960 — Bob led the county in scoring in the 1959-1960 season. Mike Darnall of Lebanon 1971 — Mike was Lebanon’s leading scorer & later played at LSU.  Bill Hodges of Zionsville 1961 — Bill was the second leading scorer for the Eagles his senior year. He also coached ISU & Larry Bird to a second-place finish in the 1979 NCAA Tourney.  Michelle Leedy Timmons of Western Boone 1988 — Michelle was a four year varsity starter for the Lady Stars as well as their leading scorer.  Rosie Leedy — As a long-time basketball official Rosie received special recognition from the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. She also was one of the officials at the first Indiana Girls State Championship game in 1976.  Max Price of Thorntown 1953 — Max coached Pinnell to the sectional championship in 1962. The Purple Dragons were the smallest school in the state to win a sectional in 1962.  Jerry Randel of Dover 1957 — Jerry was the Blue Devils’ leading scorer & helped them win the 1957 Boone County Tourney.  Kristen Spolyar of Lebanon 2016 — Kristen led the Lady Tigers to the Semi-State and during her senior year scored more points than any other girl in the state.  Brad Stevens of Zionsville 1995 — Brad was the leading scorer for the Eagles & has had an outstanding coaching career in college & the NBA. Jeff Tribbett of Lebanon 1966 — A starter for Lebanon High School, Jeff made many assist passes to Rick Mount, and then went to LSU and did the same thing for Pete Maravich.  Marvin White of Thorntown 1943 — Marvin was a long-time assistant coach for Thorntown & Lebanon. Let’s not forget our 2020 Inductees who will also have an induction ceremony sometime this summer or fall: Larry Campbell, Gerald Coffman, Mike Maguire (deceased), John Randel, Alfred Rosenstihl (deceased), Ira Scott (deceased), Harley Sheets, Marvin Starkey and Brandy Woody Nirider. Eight days before their scheduled induction ceremony at Ulen Country Club, ‘all’ was shut down. The induction ceremony is planned for sometime this summer or fall, when we think it is “COVID Safe” to do so. For updates feel free to check our Boone County Basketball Hall of Fame Facebook page or our website at Immediate Release Contact: D. L. White – President [email protected] 765-376-8801 Website:  Martha E. Randel – Secretary or Boone County Basketball Hall of Fame [email protected] FACEBOOK 317-873-4100 [...]
March 4, 2021Press releases5/5 - (1 vote) Press Release: 3/4/21 Amanda Vela Town of Zionsville Today Gov. Holcomb announced the Town of Zionsville has been awarded a Next Level Trails Round 2 grant of $1,812,295. This is the first Next Level Trails grant award for the Town. Of the 62 projects submitted for consideration, Zionsville was one of 18 selected in this highly competitive process. As part of Gov. Holcomb’s broader Next Level Connections initiative, the Next Level Trails Grant program is designed to incentivize collaborative efforts to accelerate trail connections. Efforts are currently in place to complete the Big-4 Rail Trail corridor within Boone County, providing an important regional trail connection.  The focus of Zionsville’s grant is to obtain the remaining parcels of land along the rail corridor, to clear them of brush and debris and to build a 15’ wide paved shared-use trail – effectively completing the Big-4 Trail from Zionsville Road to Whitestown. “This will make a significant impact in our completion of the Big-4 Rail Trail and allow our allocated funds to extend further into widening the trail and repairing worn asphalt,” said Zionsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jarod Logsdon. This grant will assist the Town of Zionsville in extending the Big-4 Rail Trail in two directions: south to Zionsville Road and north from Heritage Trail Park to the common boundary with Whitestown. Zionsville’s southern portion of the Big-4 Rail Trail ends at the bridge above Eagle Creek. At the north end, the Big-4 Rail trail ends at Heritage Trail Park. Paving these two extensions will lengthen Zionsville’s existing central Trail by nearly two miles. “Extending the Big-4 Rail Trail and adding to our 20-mile trail system is a priority,” said Mayor Emily Styron. “The benefit of trails is so varied in terms of our health and wellness, the local economy and environmental stewardship. In addition to this grant, the Wayfinding Master Plan is currently underway which will create a very intentional signage system that will better connect residents and visitors to the Big-4 Rail Trail and other destinations. All of these recreational, tourism and planning initiatives contribute to our sense of place.” According to Indiana DNR’s press release, the town of Lebanon also will receive over $2.5 million for improvements of the Big-4 Trail. Here is the DNR press release regarding both awards to Zionsville and Lebanon. Trail Name: Big Four TrailApplicant: City of LebanonCounty: BooneGrant Amount: $2,523,430Length: 5.8 milesDescription: Adds a total of 5.8 miles of new asphalt trail to the Big Four Trail in Lebanon and rural Boone County. A new1.4-mile segment of trail within Lebanon will connect the Courthouse Square to Abner Longley Park. An additional 4.4 milesof deteriorating slag aggregate surfaced trail will be upgraded to asphalt in unincorporated Boone County, creating a contiguous paved connection from Thorntown to Lebanon. The trail is named for the former Big Four Railroad. Partners includeFriends of Boone County Trails, the Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Boone County Council. Trail Name: Big Four TrailApplicant: Town of ZionsvilleCounty: BooneGrant Amount: $1,812,295Length: 1.79 milesDescription: Adds 1.79 miles of asphalt trail to the existing Big Four Trail within Zionsville, extending northwest by 0.92 milesto the border of Whitestown and southeast by 0.87 miles to the Vonterra neighborhood. The project includes new trailheadfacilities where the former Big Four Railroad corridor intersects Zionsville Road. Partners include Friends of Boone CountyTrails, Zionsville Community Schools, the Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Boone County Council, and severalindividual contributors. [...]
February 11, 2021Press releases / UncategorizedRate this post Press Release: 2/10/21 Amanda Vela Mayor Styron has announced eight new appointments and the Zionsville Town Council has announced six newappointments to Town of Zionsville boards/commissions/committees. These individuals give their time and expertise forthe benefit of the community.When making appointments, one of Mayor Emily Styron’s priorities was to include more women and add more diversityto these Town roles. Through the recently formed Use of Force Review Board, the Zionsville Community EnrichmentGrant Committee and the Pedestrian Mobility Advisory Committee, we have the most diverse group of citizensparticipating in municipal government policy and programs. “We recognize that diversity within our town’s boards,commissions and committees is critical to ensure Town policies and programs serve people of every race, ethnicity,gender, sexual orientation, religion and ability,” Mayor Emily Styron said.All appointments are for one-year terms with the exception of: Park Board (four-year term for Town Councilappointments; one-year term for Mayoral appointments), the Park and Road Impact Fee Review Board (five-year term),the Plan Commission (four-year term), the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library Board (four-year term), the Board ofZoning Appeals (four-year term) and the Board of Police Commissioners (three-year term after initial term). Mayor Emily Styron Mayoral new appointments: • Chris Lake to the Plan Commission• Chris Lake to the Board of Zoning Appeals• Amanda Cecil to the Economic Development Commission• Jacklyn Spillane to the Community Development Corporation• Janet Campbell Baker, Jennifer Cross and Wendy Schrepferman to the Zionsville Community Enrichment GrantCommittee• Kenneth Johnson to the Use of Force Board*Mayoral re-appointments:• Mary Grabianowski to the Plan Commission• John Stehr to the Park Board• Colleen Hittle, Cindy Madrick and Kate Swanson to the Redevelopment Commission• Tammy Kelly, Ericka Pickell and Ben Worrell to the Community Development Corporation• Patricia McCarthy to the Non-Discriminatory Practices Review Committee• Pauline Coderre, Molly Hanlon, Chris Lake, Lance Lantz, Monisha Mitchell, Sarah Moore, Bethany Narkiewicz,Chad Smith and Deb Weidner to the Pedestrian Mobility Advisory CommitteeTown Council new appointments:• Mark McDonald and Quincy Cunningham to the Pathway Committee• Michael Rinebold to the Union Township Building Corporation• Scott Condes and Ed Thomas to the Zionsville Community Enrichment Committee• Craig Melton to the Boone EDCTown Council re-appointments:• Steve Mundy to the Board of Zoning Appeals• John Salewicz to the Park Board• Kent Esra and Sanjay Patel to the Redevelopment Commission• Bob Kuzman and Mark Plassman to the Economic Development Commission• Larry Jones, Aaron Walton and Paul Watson to the Zionsville Municipal Building Corporation• Sean McHale, Larry Jones and Craig Melton to the Zionsville-Eagle Township Municipal Building Corporation• M.J. Deras, Justin Hage and Craig Melton (Town Council ex-officio) to the Pathway Committee• Steve Lonn, Rob French and George Tikijian to the Zionsville Town Hall Building Corporation• Brad Burk (Town Council ex-officio), Tom Casalini, Mervyn Cohen, Greta Sanderson and Nancy Tikijian to PZAZ• Craig Olsinski as Town Prosecutor• Emily Styron to MPO Policy Committee• Lance Lantz to MPO Technical Committee• Brad Burk to Water Advisory Board• Jason Plunkett to Boone County Solid Waste Management District Board• Michael Billig, Tom Casalini, Steve Freeland, Steve Herron, Carol Mullet, David Rausch, Todd Rottmann and CaraWeber to the Architectural Review Committee• Charles Naber and Bryan Traylor to the Union Township Building Corporation• Molly Hanlon to the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library Board• Brad Burk, Josh Garrett, Craig Melton and Johnny Vargo to the Non-Discriminatory Practices Review Committee• Emily Styron to the Boone EDC• Lance Lantz to the White River Alliance Board*The Use of Force Review Board includes three members of the Zionsville Police Department (Captain Marius Klykken, Lt.Drake Sterling and Det. Joshua Samuelson) and two civilian members (Kenneth Johnson, appointed by Mayor EmilyStyron and Monisha Mitchell, appointed by the Board of Police Commissioners).*Safety Board members to be announced. [...]
February 1, 2021Press releases5/5 - (1 vote) Press Release: Town of Zionsville: Amanda Vela 01-29-21 Zionsville Nature Center announces move to Zionsville Library The snake, turtle and other animals and exhibits at the Zionsville Nature Center (ZNC) will soon be on the move a few blocks away to the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (HMMPL). ZNC and HMMPL have entered into a shared agreement to combine resources and temporarily house the nature center within the HMMPL. With a shared goal of providing expanded educational opportunities to Zionsville residents, ZNC and HMMPL are partnering to move the nature center to the Olive Hoffman Room located on the first floor of the library. The Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department will continue to secure and maintain the exhibits and animals within the collection and continue to staff the nature center. The move to HMMPL will provide a temporary location for the nature center as the Town of Zionsville continues to look for more permanent space. The move is expected to take place in the coming weeks but with the library being closed to foot traffic due to COVID-19, an opening date for ZNC is not yet known. ZNC was founded in 2002 and is currently located at 690 Beech Street. The aging building is owned by Zionsville Community Schools and in need of costly repairs and maintenance. Due to the proximity to Eagle Elementary, the nature center has limited hours of operation of weekends only. With this new location, the nature center will be able to provide nature-based educational programming during the week and for longer hours. “I served on the Parks Board during the nature center’s earlier years, and I’m thrilled for this new partnership with the library,” said Mayor Emily Styron. “Soon we will be able to deliver programs and connect with nature lovers throughout the week. The Town is extremely grateful for the longstanding partnership with Zionsville Community Schools and excited for this next evolution of our popular nature center.” “The nature center is excited to be accessible to the community more often as well as the endless potential for future programming collaborations with the library,” said Zionsville Parks Superintendent Jarod Logsdon. “Now two essential institutions for learning and exploration will be under the same roof.” “The library has enjoyed a successful programming partnership with the nature center for several years and this is an exciting expansion of that relationship,” said Sarah Moore, HMMPL Executive Director. “We look forward to this unique opportunity to provide the animals and exhibits with a safe, temporary home and to offer many more engaging events for our community.” [...]
January 28, 2020Press releases5/5 - (1 vote) January 28, 2020 Submitted: Amanda Vela, Director of Communications & Community Relations, Town of Zionsville, (317) 873-1585 Yesterday, Sen. J.D. Ford presented Zionsville Fire Department Chief James VanGorder and Firefighter Paramedic Abdullakh “Dully” Abamislimov a special resolution for receiving the Fire Chief of the Year and Paramedic of the Year Awards at the 2019 Indiana Emergency Response Conference (IERC) Awards Banquet. This recognition took place in the Senate Chamber before the Senate and was recorded into the State Code. Sens. Phil Boots and Brian Buchanan co-sponsored the resolution. At the IERC banquet last September, Chief VanGorder was recognized for his many accomplishments over his past 23 years as Fire Chief, including coordinating the creation of a safety committee, establishing fire gear isolation guidelines, issuing each firefighter two sets of fire gear and more. Abamislimov received Paramedic of the Year for his display of calmness, confidence and the same quality of care as a seasoned clinician early in his career as a Paramedic. “It is such an honor to recognize these two public servants,” Sen. Ford said. “I am always amazed at the abilities and dedication of our state’s first responders. Zionsville is lucky to have a Chief and a paramedic that were recognized by their peers for being the best in their field. Congratulations to Chief VanGorder and Firefighter Paramedic Abamislimov!” [...]
January 16, 2020Press releases / Zionsville mayor5/5 - (1 vote) January 16, 2019 Submitted: Amanda Vela, Director of Communications & Community Relations, Town of Zionsville, (317) 873-1585 The Zionsville Town Council has approved and announced 19 new appointments to Town of Zionsville boards/commissions/committees and Mayor Styron has announced 10 new appointments. These individuals give their time and expertise for the benefit of the community. When making appointments, one of Mayor Styron’s priorities was to include more women in these Town roles. “Eighty-percent of my appointees are women,” Styron said. “I noticed that across the board, women are not equally represented in our various leadership roles. Through the 10 mayoral appointments up for review in 2020, I am glad I can help make this shift to ensure local government is a reflection of the talents and diversity of our residents.” All appointments are for one-year terms with the exception of the Park Board (four-year term for Town Council appointments; one-year term for Mayoral appointments), the Park and Road Impact Fee Review Board (five-year term), the Plan Commission (four-year term), the Board of Zoning Appeals (four-year term) and the Board of Police Commissioners (three-year term after initial term). Town Council new appointments: Jill Pack to the Park BoardSanjay Patel to the Redevelopment CommissionAlex Choi to the Safety BoardJoe Culp to the Board of Police CommissionersAaron Walton to the Zionsville Municipal Building CorporationCraig Melton to the Zionsville-Eagle Township Municipal Building CorporationCraig Melton, John Salewicz, Andi Simmons and Steve Bullington to the Pathway CommitteeMervyn Cohen and Brad Burk to People of Zionsville for the Aesthetics of Zionsville (PZAZ)Emily Styron to the MPO Policy CommitteeBrad Burk to the Water Advisory BoardAlex Choi to the Boone County Solid Waste Management District BoardCraig Melton and Brad Burk to the Non-Discriminatory Practices Review CommitteeEmily Styron and Joe Culp to the Boone County Economic Development Corporation (Boone EDC) Mayoral new appointments: Julie Johns-Cole, Ericka Pickell and Ben Worrell to the Community Development CorporationJulie Johns-Cole to the Economic Development CommissionKate Swanson, Colleen Hittle and Cindy Madrick to the Economic Redevelopment CommissionChristina Hage to the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library BoardPatricia McCarthy to the Non-Discriminatory Practices Review CommitteeJohn Stehr to the Park Board Town Council re-appointments: Sharon Walker, Larry Jones and David Franz to the Plan CommissionKent Esra to the Redevelopment CommissionBob Kuzman and Mark Plassman to the Economic Development CommissionJason Plunkett and Bryan Traylor to the Safety BoardJosh Garrett and Suzanne Nagy to the Board of Police CommissionersLarry Jones and Paul Watson to the Zionsville Municipal Building CorporationSean McHale and Larry Jones to the Zionsville-Eagle Township Municipal Building CorporationJeff Edmondson, Bret Brewer, Sara Martini, Justin Hage and Nichole Seiler to the Pathway CommitteeSteven Lonn, Rob French and George Tikijian to the Zionsville Town Hall Building CorporationTom Casalini, Greta Sanderson and Nancy Tikijian to People of Zionsville for the Aesthetics of Zionsville (PZAZ)Craig Olsinski as Town ProsecutorLance Lantz to MPO Technical CommitteeMichael Billig, Carol Mullet, Cara Weber, Tom Casalini, Steve Freeland, Steve Herron, Todd Rottmann and David Rausch to the Architecture Review CommitteeCharles Naber, Jr., Christopher Henry and Bryan Traylor to the Union Township Building CorporationMolly Hanlon to the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library BoardJohnny Vargo and Josh Garrett to the Non-Discriminatory Practices Review CommitteeBrooks Mattice and Cara Weber to the Community Development CorporationLance Lantz to the White River Alliance Board [...]
December 16, 2019Home / Press releases / Zionsville mayor / Zionsville town developments4.8/5 - (17 votes) Monday, December 16, 2019 Submitted: City of Zionsville. Contact: Emily Styron [email protected] Today, Mayor-elect Emily Styron announced the appointment of Julie Johns-Cole as Deputy Mayor for the Town of Zionsville. Johns-Cole will begin her new role on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Julie Johns-Cole Johns-Cole currently serves as the State Director for the Indiana 211 Partnerships, Inc., a statewide non-profit. Julie is a small business owner, non-profit leader and community volunteer with over 18 years of experience in management, economic development, municipal government, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement. Julie’s prior experience includes serving as Executive Director for the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, Senior Project Consultant for Thomas P. Miller & Associates, an Indianapolis-based Economic Development consulting firm, Director of Economic Development and Planning for the City of Angola and Staff Scientist for Keter Consultants. “As Deputy Mayor, Julie’s passion and deep organizational experience will be an outstanding asset to the Town Administration. For years she has positively impacted Zionsville– both as a community leader and a successful Main Street business owner.  Together we will set challenging goals and support the team towards achieving these goals on behalf of residents and stakeholders,” said Styron. “I’m honored by this appointment and look forward to serving the residents of Zionsville. I’ve dedicated most of my professional life to community and economic development and look forward to being part of this administration. I’d like to thank Mayor-elect Emily Styron for this tremendous opportunity,” said Johns-Cole. Julie earned a Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, a graduate degree from Indiana University (Fort Wayne campus) and studied abroad at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Julie is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. Julie is a board member for the Boone County Chamber of Commerce and board member and musician for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis. Julie resides in Zionsville with her husband, Mike and their three sons.  About: Town of Zionsville Administration 2020 [...]
December 3, 2019Press releases / Zionsville mayor3.7/5 - (20 votes) Submitted: FleishmanHillard: Group1001, Louise Thach – [email protected] Indianapolis, IN, December 3, 2019 – As part of its ongoing growth and expansion plan, Group1001, the Indiana-based insurance holding company, has announced today that it purchased the former LIDS building in Zionsville, IN. Group1001 will continue to maintain its presence at its headquarters on Pennsylvania Parkway in Indianapolis, IN, and the new building will allow for future space for the growing company. “This expansion speaks to the hard work of our employees and our commitment to grow in Indiana,” said Dan Towriss, Chief Executive Officer of Group1001. “This purchase is an investment in our business and in the community of Zionsville. We’re proud to expand our presence to this great town to establish space for current and future growth.” “I am proud Group1001 selected Zionsville as the location to expand their operations,” said Zionsville Mayor Tim Haak. “As a reputable Indiana company that’s not just known for sponsoring the Indy 500, but also for supporting local youth and communities through sports and education, we’re both excited and pleased to welcome them to Zionsville.” The purchase closed on November 12, 2019 with occupancy to follow sometime in 2020. Through its subsidiaries, Group1001 provides an array of protection and wealth accumulation products, such as annuities, life insurance, and property and casualty insurance. For more information about Group1001, please visit About Group1001 Group One Thousand One, LLC (“Group1001”) is an insurance holding company in the United States, with current combined assets under management of approximately $36 billion as of September 30, 2018, and a mission to make insurance and retirement products more useful, intuitive, and accessible so everyone can get the most value from their money. [...]