Black wants growth, ‘small town feel’

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Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 2:24 pm, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

David Black is running for a second elected term as Papillion mayor.

Black became mayor in July 2009 after then-mayor James Blinn resigned. Black was then elected in 2010.

He spent nearly three years on the Papillion City Council, as well as three years on the city’s Planning Commission.

Under Black’s leadership, the city has had significant economic development, bringing in both small and large businesses. Despite an economic downturn, Papillion has continued to have quality housing develop.

City officials focused on quality of life issues such as parks and recreation.

“I think what’s great is we’re doing that in a partnership with other civic organizations and businesses,” Black said. “It’s not taxpayers paying that bill, it’s really the community working together.”

Black has paid particular attention to developing downtown Papillion.

“There’s focus on history, culture, small business and new development,” he said.

The city has also received national recognition with police accreditation, an improved bond rating, clean audits and being named a top place to live by CNN/Money Magazine.

He has most recently overseen the kick-off of building a new facility for the Public Works Department.

“I think we’re just in a really good spot,” Black said. “We’re healthy financially. Our tax levy is stable and predictable. We have had a lot of great things in the last six years and I see that in the next four to five years continuing that momentum.”

If re-elected, Black said he wants to continue bringing in daytime employment to the city.

He said he would also like to continue making city government efficient. That can be accomplished through partnerships, such as the merged fire department and a potential merged 911 call center.

Economic development, from bringing in small businesses downtown to larger businesses along Highway 370, is also a goal.

“What people have been seeing, I want to keep that going – keep growing and keep that small town feel,” Black said.

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