Manhattan mayor sees economic growth with population growth
MANHATTAN, IL – There have been changes recently in Manhattan Village: a new mayor has taken office, the village has a new police chief, and a long-awaited Dunkin ‘is expected to be operational later this year.
Manhattan is a booming city, and Mayor Mike Adrieansen has said he hopes economic opportunities follow that rise.
The village was recently named the 8th fastest growing city in Illinois by Home Snacks, a regional infotainment company that provides rankings for cities, neighborhoods and counties across the country.
“It seems a little overwhelming at times, but I think we’re prepared for it,” said Adrieansen. “I think the previous administration was financially responsible, and we’re ready for that growth.”
Adrieansen said the village is focused on “the right development that serves our community,” including services such as a pharmacy, themed and fast food restaurants, and an auto parts store.
These hoped-for services are part of Adrieansen’s plan to put the community first and focus on the things the community needs.
“I don’t want to build massively [big-box stores]. I’m not interested, ”he said. “I’m interested in community services, so we don’t have to travel 20 minutes for a prescription, for example.
Adrieansen stressed that any economic growth should complement the local businesses already present in the village and not threaten these businesses or push them into bankruptcy.
“I support our local businesses,” he said. “… So the most important thing is not only to attract new businesses, but also to keep the ones that we have, because otherwise it’s a revolving door and you will stagnate.”
The focus on community extends beyond economic growth, as Adrieansen said he is also working to better inform residents about his various government agencies through a quarterly newsletter that will be distributed to residences of residents.
“I also focus on community events,” Adrieansen said. “I have a feeling that if we can continue to bring this agenda of community events to people, then they will feel like we are serious about it, and they will come more to our city to have these beautiful unique events. that we might have. And we will attract people from other cities to come and visit our great city. “
There has already been an increase in the number of people noticing and moving in Manhattan over the past 10 years. According to the latest US census data, the population has grown from 7,051 in 2010 to 9,385 in 2020, an increase of 33% of the village’s population.
Adrieansen, originally from Orland Hills, first moved to Manhattan in 2005; however, life goes on and a career change forced a move in 2016 while he was an administrator on the village council. At that point, he decided to resign his seat so that someone else who lived in the village could represent the community. But Adrieansen and his family returned to the region in 2020 and were elected mayors in April this year.
“I love this city,” Adrieansen said. “It’s a great potential. It’s a great city, a great community. I love to be involved and give back all I can.”
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