(From Develop New Albany)
Develop New Albany, the City’s non-profit, Main Street organization is hosting a Mayoral Candidates Forum to be held on Wednesday, October 24th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Strassweg Auditorium at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.
The forum will consist of two 45-minute question-and-answer sessions with a 10-15-minute break in between. Mr. Randy Hubbard, Republican mayoral candidate, has agreed to participate in the first session and Mr. England, Democratic mayoral candidate, has agreed to participate in the second session which is anticipated to begin at 8:15 p.m. Neither candidate is invited to attend the session in which the opposing candidate is featured.
The sessions will be moderated by Greg Sekula, Develop New Albany Vice-President, and a series of questions will be asked by the moderator that relate to the issues of downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The following topical issues are likely to be covered in the forum in no particular order:
1) Your vision for Downtown New Albany;
2) Strategies for furthering economic development in Downtown New Albany and surrounding older business districts such as the Vincennes and State Street corridors;
3) Addressing problems associated with rental housing conditions including absentee property ownership, illegally subdivided structures, and your position on a City-initiated rental housing inspection program;
4) Strategies for promoting and increasing homeownership and re-investment in older urban neighborhoods;
5) Relationships between the City and local neighborhood associations and non-profit groups;
6) Historic preservation, including the role of the Historic Preservation Commission, historic district designation, and design guidelines;
7) One-way vs. two-way street circulation patterns in the Downtown;
8) Enforcement of violations of City ordinances;
9) Aging infrastructure;
10) Upkeep of downtown streets and public spaces;
11) Ohio River Greenway project;
12) City-County Building space issues;
13) Relationship between the office of Mayor and City Council;
14) The role of public transportation in downtown revitalization and regional economic development;
15) Strategies for the City and school system to work together to strengthen inner-city schools and what impact that would have on downtown neighborhoods; and
16) Strategies for combating neighborhood crime, particularly drug activity.
For more information contact Develop New Albany at 812/941-0018 or e-mail here.