Florance wants to foster city center

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Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 2:14 pm, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

Troy Florance is running for another term on the Papillion City Council.

Florance, who serves Ward III, was appointed to the council in 2009 after David Black became mayor. He was then elected to a full term.

Florance, a Republican, said one of his main accomplishments has been bringing the perspective of a private businessman and private citizen to the council.

“A lot of the other members are government employees of one type or another,” he said. “I think I brought that perspective, which I think has been useful and a nice balance.”

While serving on Golf Committee, Florance saw the city’s investment in golf courses no longer be required as the courses shifted their finances from the red into the black.

He also saw the city’s keno revenue go up after switching to a new keno vendor while on the Keno Finance Committee.

“Those go to community betterment,” Florance said. “It’s a dollars-and-cents accomplishment for the citizen.”

In a second elected term, Florance wants to see downtown redevelopment continue.

“I think we’ve made good progress,” he said. “Progress being defined as we have people coming in there and setting money aside for that development.”

Florance also wants to see Papillion develop a city center that grows beyond the boundaries of the historical downtown.

“I think the city center can keep the history,” Florance said. “If you come down main street, Washington Street, today, you get a sense of what Papillion was. I think if you create a vibrant city center, you keep it alive instead of going out further and further.”

Florance said the group of council members work well together and with good balance.

“I think what we can accomplish as a group is moving the city forward in a positive way,” he said.

His main reason for running is unfinished business in redeveloping downtown and establishing a city center, Florance said.

“I think that Papillion is a special place,” he said. “I believe what I bring to city government is balance. I go to work every day and want to make sure your dollars are being spent well. I enjoy doing that, and I’d like to do it again.”

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