Feb 28, 2013
Q&A with Mayor Jim Burke
I invited Dixon Mayor Jim Burke to answer some questions as part of a new series of guest interviews here on The Pulse. Today we have the first of two editions featuring the interesting responses from our Mayor.
with KSB employees, and thank you for the opportunity.
success of the City?
the City and Lee County for several reasons.
First of all, for the area to experience any serious population and
economic growth, it must be able to provide quality health care, including a
hospital. KSB fills that need quite
powerhouse in the area augmented by several satellite clinics established to
make local medical services available to several thousand residents outside
Dixon. Dixon is called the Jewel of the
Sauk Valley and KSB has played a significant role in developing that image.
of a mutually beneficial, positive partnership.
What do you think are the biggest challenges for KSB and the City?
the City is population growth. Healthy
sustained population growth puts many other challenges to rest. Mayor George Lindquist said one time
“that a City is either going forward or backward. There is no such thing as standing
still.” And this is very true
whether it’s the City, KSB or any business or organization. I was criticized one time for pushing too hard for economic
development. The writer said just let it
happen naturally. Most things never
happen with that approach.
population growth is the basic foundation for sustained and enhanced quality of
life in the Dixon area. It broadens the
tax revenue base. It increases State aid
to the school system. It grows retail
development. It grows the health care
industry. And it means more employment
opportunities for young people wanting to stay in the area and raise
families. The main key to growth is
attracting new industries and expanding existing industries that create
jobs. We have the right ingredients to attract more job-producing
four metropolitan areas of Chicago, Rockford, the Quad Cities and Peoria.
City producing an attractive transportation artery network.
huge expansion possibilities built into it.
in the State.
about any size and/or number of new industries.
scrutinized by prospective new industries, including having a hospital and a
broad-based health care industry.
the community at large.
Check back for the second half of the interview that will be posted in the next few days.