Naperville is that big city that retains a small-town feel! It is a city where families and businesses want to be. A place that is safe and welcoming to all. The Police and Fire Departments of the city and its Emergency Management System have successfully helped the residents navigate the challenges of the past few years. I am committed to making sure that these departments continue to have the best technology and ongoing training opportunities so they may serve the community as partners to ensure a safe and civil Naperville.
Naperville has enjoyed an AAA bond rating for over a quarter century. By attracting small and large businesses alike, it has been able to expand employment opportunities and develop a strong revenue stream for the city. While a lot of large businesses have been established here, I hope to encourage the city to continue to incentivize small to medium-sized businesses, thereby further broadening the city’s revenue base. Safe and reliable utilities and the infrastructure to support it are of critical importance for residents and businesses. I strongly support the city’s work towards addressing the issues of aging infrastructure.
With over 500 miles of centerline roads, Naperville is a city on the move. Whether commuting within the city or traveling outside of it, traffic congestion continues to be a challenge. According to Naperville’s 2021 Priorities Plan, community surveys showed traffic issues were noted to be of highest concern. In addition to reducing vehicular traffic, roads ought to be safe for pedestrians and bicyclists as well. I would support exploring innovative options to relieve traffic congestion for resident safety and health.
Seniors and teenagers constitute approximately 25% of the city population. With the establishment of the Naperville Senior Task Force in 2014, the city has taken a significant step toward addressing the needs of seniors, a growing segment of our population. I would like the city to explore additional services to support seniors who are interested in aging in place. Our teens and young adults are our future and the city services and programs should be enhanced to offer free or low-cost recreation opportunities to them. Expanded summer internships and employment opportunities for teens and young adults will go a long way toward building a resilient and vibrant community.
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