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    Mark Graf
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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 State of Nebraska, Water Well Standards, Water Specialist
Education Arapahoe High School 1976 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bachelor of Science in Agriculture 1980
Past Public Office, dates held City Council, City of Arapahoe 1998 – 2001 Mayor, City of Arapahoe 2002 – 2006
Volunteer experience 20 years with Arapahoe Fire and Rescue 8 years Asst. Fire Chief 9 years Fire Chief 7 years with South Central Rope Rescue 7 years as Chief 10 years with Critical Incident Debriefing team 5 years Emerson Fire and Rescue
Address 114 N Main Street PO Box 233 Emerson, NE 68733
Marital Status Married to Linda Graf
Age 62
I would work on the town’s infrastructure to have sites ready for businesses to move to our town. I would work with existing businesses to help find ways to upgrade, promote, improve, or expand their business to bring more customers or employees to Emerson. I would work with the Planning Board to identify areas for growth in Emerson.
Extreme weather covers a lot of things. The first priority would be life safety and emergency care of our residents. My next top priorities would be to restore utilities (water, electricity & sewer) to all residents and businesses, have streets cleared to provide safe movement, and work with Emergency Management to provide shelter if needed, as well as providing a designated location for downed trees. If major damage to homes and businesses were to occur, another top priority would be to work with Emergency Management and the State to provide a site to safely store and process debris.
To recruit and encourage businesses to locate in Emerson. I’d re-examine our economic development program, work with both area economic development programs and with State programs. Other ways of helping attract businesses are Tax Increment Financing and block grant programs. The Village needs an inventory of available places for rent or purchase to expand our business district. I’d work on increasing the housing available in Emerson by identifying areas where housing could be built and by obtaining Block grants to improve housing in Emerson to make homes more energy efficient. I’d also work on cleaning up lots and areas that are a health hazard, by assessing the Village a couple of times a year and working with the property owner to decide on a plan to remove the hazards. I’d explore opportunities to have services the Village contracts out to be provided by local or regional providers. Area providers have a better understanding of our village’s issues.
Our biggest challenge is to draw more people to Emerson. Improving Main Street and attracting more businesses will draw more people to our town. Adding more housing will also attract more people. These two things go hand and hand, and by utilizing Planning and Zoning, areas can be created to be ready for businesses and homes to move in or be built quickly and efficiently.