“You can’t cut yourself out of economic depression, you have to grow out.”
How does a city recover from a stagnant past?
Stephen Henderson interviews the mayor of Oak Park, Marian McClellan, to find out.
McClellan says she and her council are making significant efforts to pull the city out of what she calls a “stagnant past,” such as:
- The city’s new manager, Erik Tungate, has already saved the city and its residents over a million dollars.
- Oak Park is working to meet the challenges of modernizing government communications and adapting to new systems. The city’s mixed-age population presents unique challenges, so city staff make sure to communicate with residents through digital and physical distribution channels. City officials keep a strong social and local media presence to connect with the community.
- McLellan also discusses new plans for commerce and business coming to the city, thanks to manufacturing opportunities that will create more jobs for residents.
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