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July 9, 2013

Chamber board of directors releases municipal goals

NORMAN — The Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved new municipal goals Monday.

The goals include short-term and long-term visions for Norman. Some projects are currently under way, at least one has already been accomplished and others are yet to be started. Several goals encourage a more efficient use of time and implementation for businesses and city staff.

“We hope to work with the new city council to make Norman more business friendly and continue smart growth practices across the city,” said Andy Sherrer, board chairman.

The goals were presented to the new city council members at a reception Monday afternoon at the chamber of commerce.

“The Norman business community looks forward to working with the city council and city staff to implement these goals over the next year,” Chamber President and CEO John Woods said. “It is our belief that this agenda is ambitious but achievable and will produce substantive positive outcomes for all of Norman.” 

Goals were set for business development:

· Continue reviewing the permit and inspection process to find efficiencies and reduce redundancy or unnecessary steps

· Support the dispersal of development surveys at multiple levels of the building process

· Encourage the city’s development of user-friendly, step-by-step directions for those applying for permits

· Support business retention and growth in partnership with the Norman Economic Development Coalition

For economic development:

· Creation of retail recruiter position for city staff

· Support city review of Norman’s retail voids

For parking and transportation:

· Encourage the creation of a city parking authority by the end of the year

· Promote steps to construct a parking facility for Campus Corner and downtown and break ground in 2014

· Support a comprehensive transportation plan that allows for long-term city growth and multiple modes of transit

· Support efforts to mitigate negative impact of I-35 construction on businesses and communication to the community of timelines and issues related to the project

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