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William A. Dory, Jr.
765-653-8017
320 Highfall Avenue
Greencastle, IN 46135
Democrat

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Bill Dory for Mayor of the City of Greencastle

Bill Dory announces his intention to continue to serve the residents of Greencastle and Putnam County by seeking the office of Mayor of the City of Greencastle.   Dory has served as the Executive Director of the Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center since 1995.

“I am humbled to be asked to serve the community as its Mayor,” noted Dory.  “This community, as well as the county, has benefited from great leadership in elected positions, including the Office of the Mayor and the City Council for several decades.”   “The community has developed partnerships with the County, the State of Indiana, our educational institutions and many other partners.”  “It is important to continue the momentum of community success most recently seen in the Stellar Communities work.”

As the Executive Director of the Development Center, Dory has worked on numerous projects in Greencastle and throughout the County that have supported significant job creation and investment by the private sector.   Teamwork with and the support of local officials, city departments, state agencies, utilities, and many others helped to insure the success of each individual project and the growth of the community.   His work with the city, the county, and other communities and the private sector provides the foundation to serve the community if elected to the Office of Mayor.

The Mayor plays a key role in leading the community and capitalizing on new opportunities.    “As a community, we need to continue to invest in our quality of life and our educational opportunities,” stated Dory.    “Today, people seek out the community they wish to live in which is why the Stellar Communities project and other quality of life investments are so important.”   “We need to understand this demographic shift and respond in a fiscally responsible way to continue to attract new families and businesses.”    Dory noted how fortunate the community is to offer a wide range of services under a great team of department heads and their employees.   As Mayor, Dory intends to continue the services that citizens enjoy and expect.

“In the future, education will also play a key role in the success of our community and its citizens,” added Dory.   “We have great local schools and the opportunity for our residents to pursue post secondary education through Ivy Tech Community College and DePauw University.”  As Mayor, Dory hopes to set the tone and provide encouragement to increase the utilization of these outstanding resources.

Dory received his Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois.  Since joining the Greencastle community in 1983, Bill has served as the director of Main Street Greencastle and on various community boards on projects.   He currently serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Greencastle and the Western Indiana Workforce Investment Board.   He has served as the president and board member of the Indiana Economic Development Association and continues to serve on its legislative committee, often working to support new tools that communities can use to grow and prosper.

Bill and Kathryn have been married for nearly 34 years.  Kathryn is the music director at the Greencastle Middle School, responsible for the band and choir programs.  Both of their children, William and Sarah, attended and graduated from Greencastle High School.   William received his Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University and is now working on his Ph.D. in foreign affairs and diplomacy at the University of Georgia.  In May, Sarah received her Bachelors Degree in Theater Technology and a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Evansville.

League of Women Voters April 2015 Questionnaire

William A. Dory, Jr.
765-653-8017
320 Highfall Avenue
Greencastle, IN 46135
Democrat


Responses limited by the League of Women Voters to 100 words or less.

Question 1 – Discuss your interest in serving as the Greencastle City Mayor. Discuss your prior experience working with civic, community, or governmental organizations.

This is a great community! I love this community that has been my home for over thirty years. As mayor, I hope to further the teamwork and partnerships for continued success. My career in local community and economic development gives me a unique foundation to serve Greencastle. I have worked with the city and others for investment, job creation, infrastructure work and many other projects. I am also familiar with the nuances of local government financing. With my experience and the support of the council, we can accept the baton and continue the race.

Question 2 – What areas of Greencastle do you think present an opportunity for redevelopment and revitalization? What role do you think the city should play in that regard?

As has happened in the past, the city should reach out to the community to identify areas in need of attention. Past projects have involved areas west of the square, Indianapolis Road, and Percy Julian Drive. Potential future opportunities include the Greater Eastside, Indianapolis Road from Kroger’s to the west, and the south side. The city has tools that can be used for capital projects and it can be the conduit for grant funding for infrastructure and housing. Partnering with neighbors, using existing resources, and targeting investments can also result in improvements to address neighborhood needs.

Question 3 – If elected, what would be your primary goal for the first year?

For 2016, successfully implementing projects in the pipeline that are scheduled for 2016. The mayor will be responsible for remaining Stellar Projects, finishing utility improvements, implementing the South Street Project, and implementing the People Pathways trail project from Zinc Mill Road to SR 240. The mayor will also be responsible for implementing any projects that arise as a result of the Redevelopment Commission’s bond financing. Other projects started in 2015 may carry over to 2016. Beyond, 2016, infrastructure investments must be carefully made and other resources, such as grants and public private partnerships, pursued to leverage local funds.

Question 4 – All cities face fiscal challenges, how would you address balancing the budget and needs/wants of the community?

The budget process is a one of tradeoffs within the revenue permitted by the tax caps. Allowable revenue should be maximized and expenses managed carefully. The public, department heads, council members, and others provide input and ideas during the process. In some cases, needs and desires can be addressed with cooperation among all involved. Other projects may require outside funding and partnerships or scheduled for the future with funds saved for implementation. Due to property tax caps, the city may not have a fully funded budget, thus caution must be used when prioritizing the
community’s needs, wants, and aspirations.

Released for publication by William A. Dory, Jr., on April 10, 2015.

League of Women Voters October 2015 Questionnaire

William A. Dory, Jr.
765-653-8017
320 Highfall Avenue
Greencastle, IN 46135
Democrat

Question 1: Please describe your priorities for the term of office and your specific qualifications to address those effectively.

My priorities are to manage our resources wisely, continue to grow the community, and to support the life-long learning of our residents.   Working with the council, I want to maintain the high quality of services that benefit all of our residents.  Initially, I will be tasked with overseeing several important street projects and the completion of Stellar.  The community will soon determine whether it can move forward on a new recreation center/YMCA.  I intend to leverage our local resources to invest wisely in projects that can have a long term benefit to the community and tax base.

My 30 years of experience working in community and economic development provides me with a unique skill set to lead the community, including budgeting, project management, knowledge of Indiana laws, and teamwork.  My 20 plus years of work in economic development provides a network of relationships that will continue to benefit the community.

Question 2: The city will have approximately $2 million in TIF monies to use during the 2016-2018 period. If elected, how would you spend these monies to best benefit our community?

The use of TIF is governed by state law which requires the funds to be spent according to a plan adopted by the RDC and the council.   The funds may only be used for capital improvements and not operating costs.   Based on the plan, the following projects are cued up for implementation: improvements to the south end of Jackson Street, improvements to Indianapolis Road east of Kroger’s including sidewalks, and the possibility of a new recreation center.   I will work with the RDC and the new council to review the other projects in the plan and adjust priorities as desired.

Question 3: Historically in smaller college communities there can be friction between the students and the community. What specific steps would you take to ensure that Greencastle has a good “town/gown” relationship? 

The town/gown relationship is based on the actions of the community, the university administration, and students.  I would continue to work with the administration for the mutual benefit of both Greencastle and DePauw such as with the Stellar project and the music outreach efforts.  I expect to continue the already great working relationship I have with DePauw.  I will support the continued engagement of students in our community and schools, including the potential to see students develop small businesses here in town.   I would also work with the university to encourage more faculty and staff to live in the community.