Creating a new story for Monmouth – A hidden gem of small town charm with world class opportunity.
I want to leverage our community’s assets – natural, educational, cultural, economic, and human – to maintain Monmouth as a vital rural community while positioning ourselves for the future. I will lead efforts to focus on:
Volunteer groups have long been the key to Monmouth’s beauty and livability. But, there’s always room for more participation on City Boards and Commissions, as well as helping out with special activities and events. We need to hear more voices and develop more accessible ways for people to give feedback to their government about issues they care about.
The City has a competitive advantage over other communities with our educated workforce, high speed fiber and own electric utility. We need to advertise those to create economic opportunity for students, residents, current businesses and entrepreneurs who find our town a great place to live and grow. Understanding what Monmouth is, and how to position it for the future, is our first step. We need to involve partners and investors who understand the potential of our community to help us create a vital, sustainable economy that benefits all.
Our community, our school district and our university all have reputations as ‘hidden gems’ and ‘best kept secrets.’ We can be a stronger force for good by teaming more visibly with local organizations, our sister City, Independence, with Polk County and the region to shine a light on all the great things in Monmouth.