What They’re Saying: Eric Doden’s Indianapolis Capital Zone Plan

On Monday, Eric announced his Indianapolis Capital Zone Plan to turn around Downtown Indianapolis with safe streets and world class infrastructure.

All Hoosiers depend in one way or another on the success of Indianapolis, our state’s capital and economic engine. Eric’s plan sets the table for securing and revitalizing downtown Indianapolis as our state’s centerpiece.

With the right vision and leadership, Indianapolis should be thriving with a rebuilt downtown, world-class infrastructure, safe streets, and a vibrant future.


Here’s what they’ve been saying about Eric’s Capital Zone Plan:

“Doden, who is running as the ideas candidate in the 2024 Republican gubernatorial primary, rolled out another one this week: the “Capital Zone Plan,” which is aimed at “revitalizing” Indianapolis.” – Adam Wren, Importantville

FOX 59 – WATCH: “Doden discusses Indianapolis safety proposal”

  • “[Doden] wants the state to take over some aspects of the public safety operation in downtown Indy . . . Republican businessman Eric Doden says there’s a perception downtown isn’t as safe as it used to be.” – Dan Spehler, FOX 59

“In a phase of the 2024 race in which candidates have been unwilling to offer any bold plans . . . former Pence Administration Indiana Economic Development Corporation president Eric Doden (R) rolls out a real conversation-starter: a concept that he sees as revitalizing and securing downtown Indianapolis, complementing his emphasis on rebuilding rural Indiana communities.” – Indiana Legislative Insight

“You have the attention of our Law Enforcement Officers and their Families . . . we look forward to hearing from all Candidates for Governor of Indiana on the Surging Violence in and around the Capital City.” – Rick Snyder, President, Indianapolis FOP Lodge #86

“Republican Eric Doden announced a plan to revitalize and secure Downtown Indianapolis by making citywide public safety reforms including sending Indiana State Police to secure the Mile Square, establishing a Prosecutor Review Board, and creating a state-operated Capital Zone to take responsibility for infrastructure in Indianapolis’ Core.” – Howey Politics Indiana-State Affairs

“An innovative & bold proposal from Indiana gubernatorial candidate Eric Doden, the “Indiana Capital Zone” He proposes that the state take over infrastructure maintenance in downtown Indy, deploy state police there & establish a prosecutorial review board.” – Aaron Renn, Co-Founder & Senior Fellow, American Reformer

“Fort Wayne businessman and 2024 gubernatorial candidate Eric Doden this week announced his plan to “revitalize and secure Downtown Indianapolis.” He called for state troopers to assist IMPD in the Mile Square and high-crime areas, an independent prosecutor review board apparently to keep tabs on Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears and a state-operated “Capital Zone” to improve infrastructure.” – IBJ’s Rundown

  • “When you have 29 million visitors that come here, I think it’s very important to have a place people visit that is pothole-free and a place where they feel safe,” Doden told IBJ.

Axios Indianapolis: “1 big thing: Policing, streets enter governor’s race.”

  • “Driving the news: Republican Eric Doden on Monday laid out a plan that he says would make downtown more presentable.”
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