Offer Superior City Services
Worthington is known for offering residents a high level of city services, including police and fire protection, trash and recycling pick-up, recreation programs, and customer service from city staff. When annual budget time comes, Doug actively works to protect these vital services and place these as top priority. He will fight to protect these services and develop innovative ways to serve residents of all ages, including providing age-friendly resources for individuals aging in Worthington.
Promote Job Growth
Doug has developed innovative ideas to help spur economic development and job growth in Worthington. Programs like public/private partnerships, ReCAP, and payroll incentives are just a few of the effective measures the city has taken to increase job sustainability. Nearly 74 percent of Worthington's budget is from income tax revenue so it is important to keep Worthington employer-friendly. Doug will work with the business community to create ways to foster local business growth, increasing jobs and local revenue.
Develop Community Vision
In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion on council and in the community about what the residents want for Worthington's future. Several citizens groups have conducted polls and surveys and outreach to determine this, but there has never been a comprehensive and holistic feedback gathering mechanism to determine what residents want - and why.
Doug has worked extensively to help form the policies, structure, and goals for a community-wide visioning process. The purpose of the visioning is to see what residents desire for Worthington's future and to get into the deeper philosophical reasons why residents desire the things they desire.
This will provide an opportunity for all residents to become educated about the city and provide informed and authentic feedback.
This process is starting the Fall of 2019 and should be complete by Summer of 2020.
Grow Sustainability Efforts
Doug led the effort to implement the renewable electric aggregation program for all residents. He also worked to prioritize the city's energy reduction efforts through upgrading energy-consuming equipment like HVAC and lighting. As a result of these efforts, the city will reduce carbon emissions y more than 50 million kilowatt hours per year.
But that's only the start. Doug will work to identify additional ways to reduce energy and consumption, and will work to find innovative sustainability initiatives, like community solar.
Create Engagement Program
Worthington has a significantly high number of residents who are educated and participate in city matters. To enhance and augment the "collective brain," Doug will implement a participatory democracy so residents can be educated and heard on any issue they wish. He will communicate with residents and businesses to create a user-friendly engagement platform.