2014 highlights

Friends,

With the New Year just around the corner, I would like to take this time to update you about my past 12 months. This has been a busy but productive year on the Blacksburg Town Council:

Economic development

  • Began appointment as a town representative to the Blacksburg Partnership Board of Directors in January. Previously, I had served for over two years on the Blacksburg Housing and Community Development Advisory Board.
  • Voted for special signage districts for the LewisGale Montgomery Regional Hospital, the North End Center, and First & Main. (The First & Main request originally called for a nearly 400-square-foot LED screen on the side of the new IMAX building, but this was pulled before the 6-1 vote.)
  • Voted to purchase the old Nerve building behind The Cellar in order to expand parking there. The town also completed a downtown parking study with input from downtown businesses and added more handicap and motorcycle parking spaces. Continue reading “2014 highlights”

2013 in review

Friends,

As the year comes to a close, I would once again like to update you about my past 12 months on the Blacksburg Town Council:

Economic development

  • Voted for an IMAX theater at First & Main.
  • Celebrated the completion of the College Avenue Promenade and voted for licenses for open air dining downtown.
  • Finished the 10-year update to the town’s Economic Development Plan. I served on the steering committee for the plan.
  • Voted for an operating agreement with the Alexander Black House and Cultural Foundation. Once the construction is finished, the building will attract more foot traffic downtown. Continue reading “2013 in review”

A look back at 2012

Friends,

I hope this note finds you and yours well this holiday season. As the year comes to a close, I would like to take some time to recap the Blacksburg Town Council’s work in 2012:

Economic development

  • Reached out to citizens, business owners, and community leaders to update the town’s 10-year economic development plan. (I served on the steering committee for the update this summer.)
  • Began implementing the Blacksburg Business Climate Task Force’s recommendations to improve how our government relates with the business community.
  • Started construction on the College Avenue Promenade, which will create outdoor dining spaces for downtown restaurants.
  • Established an Arts and Cultural District to offer financial incentives for qualified arts businesses downtown. Continue reading “A look back at 2012”

First 100 days

Friends, neighbors, and supporters:

As of today, I have served on the Blacksburg Town Council for 100 days. Thanks to your support last fall, I have been able to lend my voice to the town’s governance to ensure that we offer a wide range of employment and housing opportunities, support our vibrant downtown and neighborhoods, take pride in our natural resources and cultural heritage, and collaborate with our regional partners.

The Town Council has been busy in 2012. So far, we have:

  • Made changes to the zoning ordinance for parking, open space, and occupancy requirements in planned residential districts
  • Purchased a downtown parking lot
  • Approved a five-year capital improvement plan, which includes construction of the College Avenue Promenade starting this summer
  • Amended the town code to establish a downtown refuse and recycling program Continue reading “First 100 days”

Thank you

All,

When I first ran for Blacksburg Town Council, retiring councilman Al Leighton gave me a piece of advice: You have to meet voters where they are. They won’t come to you. On Tuesday, I won a seat on the town council after taking his advice to heart and reaching out to as many of my friends, neighbors, and supporters as possible.

I would be remiss if I did not thank each and every one of you for your support and encouragement over the past few months. Whether you knocked on doors, donated to the campaign, passed out literature, or offered your take on town issues, I am grateful for your involvement in my bid for town council. Continue reading “Thank you”