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City of Norfolk, City Council, Ward 1

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    Kory Hildebrand
    (NP)

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    Juan E Sandoval
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Biographical Information

If elected, what are your priorities for economic development in your city/town/village?

If elected, what would be your top priorities in an extreme weather event?

If elected, what would you consider your top three priorities? Please detail.

What is the biggest challenge in your community and how would you address it?

Occupation I am a Utility Line Job Training & Safety instructor. I own and Operate a Landscaping Company
Education Northeast Community College Mitchell Technical Institute
Address 1003 Westbrook Dr. Norfolk, NE 68701
Marital Status Married with 4 children My wife of 15 years Son Charles 10 Daughters Cali 6, Brea & Baylor 1.5
Age 39
We need to continue working to grow our community. We need to work with Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce to aid in getting new jobs here and help with our existing business to strive for the next generation. We can do this in so many different ways, we can help by coming together for one another and act as one community to benefit everyone and all generations.
Public Safety is always a top priority of mine. I also have the working staff of the City in mind by providing the knowledge and training they need to do their jobs safely and efficient when crisis happens. The staff of the city also needs the Personal Protective Equipment they need to carry out their duties safely. No single force can mend whats been done by a major weather event, so we need to build a bond with other agencies to have the best available outcome. We can all rely on each others expertise in a catastrophic event.
1)Growing Norfolk. We need to continue working to grow our community. We need to work with Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce to aid in getting new jobs here and help with our existing business to strive for the next generation. We can do this in so many different ways, we can help by coming together for one another and act as one community to benefit everyone and all generations. 2)Updating Our Infrastructure.Come up with a solution to maintain the infrastructure we need. Being financially responsible, replace what is in disrepair or soon will be. Please look at the 6-year road plan. 3)Industry and Technical Jobs. I think if we can attract the right Industries and Technical companies to move to Norfolk or existing Norfolk companies to move in this direction, we can prosper Norfolk and the surrounding area with good paying jobs.
More good and better paying jobs. I think if we can attract the right Industries and Technical companies to move to Norfolk or existing Norfolk companies to move in this direction, we can prosper Norfolk and the surrounding area with good paying jobs. If we have more good paying jobs in Norfolk, we will attract more people to move here and raise a family. This is part of what it is going to take to Grow Norfolk and leave it better for the next generation.
Education Business Administration and Marketing
Volunteer experience Norfolk Area United Way (Board Member), Norfolk Public Transportation (Board Member), University of Nebraska Extension - Madison County, Norfolk Habitat for Humanity (Ex-Board Member), Sacred Heart Church (Pastoral Council), Knights of Columbus.
Address 902 North Victory Road Norfolk, Nebraska 68701
Marital Status Single
Small Business - It’s extremely important to see how we can continue to provide support to the retail and restaurant industries so they can stay open after the COVID19. Workforce - This has been an issue for a long time and as each year passes it becomes even more of an issue. We need to continue to support our local employers, especially if they are looking to expand or to invest in our community; when they succeed, we succeed so we need to pay attention to their needs. I support finding creative solutions in addressing this. City Infrastructure - It’s important to evaluate the City’s approach to attract small and mid-size companies to Norfolk. We need to ensure we have the current infrastructure in place to support their needs— including shovel ready industrial sites, efficient transportation systems, economic incentives, etc. We live in an extremely competitive world where businesses can be established anywhere and if we are not able to offer it, another community will.
Reviewing Existing Plan. Many cities and states in the country have developed a Severe Weather Emergency Plan. It’s our responsibility as part of the city government to review those plans frequently to make sure it follows current guidelines. Safety. In a scenario of extreme weather, city officials and city council members have to coordinate efforts through the Police Department and Fire Department to make sure no one is at risk. This is especially vital during tornadoes, blizzards, extreme cold weather, or floods. Access to Services: Identify ways to evaluate if there are areas in the community without access to services before, during, and after the event. Also, we need to coordinate efforts with the companies that provide those services to bring it back as fast as we are able. Streets and Highways: Make sure streets and highways are available to provide services to our current residents and/or additional outside resources if necessary.
Updating Current Infrastructure. The City is under great leadership and some projects will be developed within the next year or two. However, as with many other communities, it is important to keep a proactive approach to continue working on streets, parks, sidewalks, and water/sewer as we develop plans for future growth. Improving Quality of Live. Living in a small town has a lot to offer. As the City continues to grow, it is important to invest in projects that improve quality of life. To this end, the city should invest in business retention/attraction, reducing commuting time, improving housing inventory, offering opportunities for entertainment, maintaining the current workforce (including young adults), and exploring new ways to attract additional income through tourism. Economic Development: It is important to continue relationships with our current manufacturing companies and employers to ensure they can find the workforce they need.
Norfolk is a rural community fighting between its own opportunities to survive, provide a better quality of life, and be attractive to new industries and investors. This is the main reason why running for City Council was attractive to me since I would like to see the city grow but at the same time, you have to evaluate all the pieces to make it effective. For example, it was hard to attract manufacturing companies or have a conversation with our own employers to expand when housing wasn’t available. Fortunately, some investors have seen our potential and great developments are happening right now Another component that was attractive to me was the existing leadership in place. We need to continue the momentum our community has seen in the last few years. I’m excited to have the opportunity to play a larger role in many of the projects being developed or that are soon to be completed.