PRIORITY #2

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT = JOBS & SERVICES


 

O’Fallon has become the destination for commerce in the greater St. Louis region. Just look around our city and there is construction occurring on every corner. New businesses are opening everywhere – from historic downtown to the Central Park/Greenmount Corridor to the new east end that is being anchored by the new Metrorecplex.

When other cities are struggling to fill empty buildings, we are blessed with so many businesses looking to locate in O’Fallon. As mayor, I will continue the smart economic growth that is taking place in our city. I will not be a spectator mayor – but will lead the charge to recruit businesses, maintain our current businesses and redevelop areas of our city to keep every part of our city moving forward.

I will not only answer the call when a developer or business calls City Hall for help, I will be reaching out directly to engage businesses that our residents want and need. By securing new businesses to locate here, we will also be providing employment opportunities for our citizens so they can live and work in their hometown and work to retain our talented young people who are leaving O’Fallon upon graduation in search of professional jobs.

FILE - This June 10, 2013 file photo shows the main entrance to Scott Air Force Base near Mascoutah, Ill. A Virginia-based software company has announced plans to bring more than 70 new information technology jobs to Scott Air Force Base. SuprTEK recently secured a five-year, $59 million contract to develop and test web-based software applications for Air Mobility Command, located at the military base in St. Clair County. (AP Photo/Belleville News-Democrat, Derik Holtmann, File)

Prioritize Scott Air Force Base – As a retired veteran from the Air Force, supporting the men and women who are serving our country is very personal to me. Scott Air Force Base has been the economic engine that helped to drive the growth of our city. As mayor I will work closely with the Scott Command Staff to provide support and services to keep Scott vibrant and viable. I will work to expand opportunity for further investment by the Defense Department in Scott Air Force Base by working closely with our Congressional representation to keep our base strong and maintaining job opportunities for both military members and civilians.

Recruit National Retailers to Generate Funding Resources – As mayor it will be my duty to help secure the types of businesses that our residents want. I personally will call on retailers like Costco, Wholefoods, Trader Joe’s and others to market our city for them to build new facilities here. Securing the location of a new Costco on Central Park Drive will be my first call. If we are successful, we would be able to generate an average of $1.4 million a year in additional sales tax revenue to provide for needed infrastructure improvements.

Redevelop Southview Plaza and Downtown – As mayor, I will implement the City’s strategic plan to recruit new development to Southview Plaza and to ensure the new Community Plaza is constructed in downtown to attract new shoppers and diners to downtown, which was recently passed 12 -2 by the City Council. A city is judged by outside developers on how we take care of our downtown, which is why I will introduce a new public/private partnership with local business owners in downtown to cost share in storefront improvements, provide wayfinding signage, and increased parking.

Market City Owned Real Estate for Private Investment & Redevelopment – O’Fallon is the single largest landowner in the City. We have properties in every sector of our city that I will actively work with the City Council to identify and market for private investment. This will turn a tax burden of millions of dollars in annual maintenance costs to revenue generating businesses that will provide additional shopping, dining, entertainment, educational and medical services.

Expand the Medical Mile and Healthcare Highway – With the construction of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon and the continued growth of Memorial Hospital in neighboring Shiloh, I will build on the momentum and work to ensure medical related businesses like Doctor and Surgeon Offices, Rehabilitation Services, Cancer and Advanced Medical Treatment Centers locate in O’Fallon. These new healthcare related businesses will bring new jobs and new residents to our city and continue to cement our new position as the Premier Healthcare Epicenter in the upper east end of St. Louis.