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City of Norfolk, City Council, Ward 2

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    Frank C Arens
    (NP)

Biographical Information

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

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

Occupation Independent Insurance Agent and Realtor
Education High School: Hartington Cedar Catholic College: Kearney State College B.A. Human Resource Management
Current Public Office, dates held Norfolk City Planning Commissioner Appointed 2016- current Vice-Chair since 2019
Past Public Office, dates held none
Military experience none
Volunteer experience Elkhorn Valley Pheasants Forever member and past president, Youth mentor volunteer Salvation Army christmas gift delivery
Address 1104 N 27th St Norfolk, Ne 68701
Marital Status Married
Age 54
Encourage economic diversity to keep Norfolk attractive to people of all ages. Use the tax increment financing appropriately as developments and businesses look to expand into the future. Continue with the downtown redevelopment projects as this brings housing and employment opportunities to the community. Enable the housing developments to offer affordable housing options.
Immediately be in contact with the local, state and federal authorities to establish a plan of action. Be available at all times to assist with the operation. Last year we had a scare with the massive flooding surrounding and including parts of our city, the emergency first responders and safety director did an excellent job in maintaing the citizen's safety.
Promote economic development for continued job growth: increase additional housing to increase revenue and broaden the tax base. Generate employment opportunities and attract capital investment.

Keep Norfolk attractive to business and people of all ages: stay innovative in our thought process for employment opportunities. Norfolk's downtown redevelopment has been very a positive change to this community and the image the last few years has been noticed statewide. Skyline renovation project significantly improved the living conditions and safety of the 92 units available to the disabled and senior residents. This is something I approved as a member of the Norfolk Planning Commission and will continue to fight for this type of improvement for our community.

Maintain our fiscal budget and support the safety of our community: Establish a firm financial standing and review the spending in the budget. Support the people who are in a position of leadership, especially our first responders.
The retention of our population, specifically the younger people in our community. This requires Norfolk to remain attractive to people not only already living here but to others looking to move here. We need to make sure ameneties such as parks, trails, shopping etc...are available. We need to look for ways to use our city's assets to their fullest and expand toward the future needs requested by our citizens.