Autumn will be taking a systemic and multi-point approach to ending long-standing neighborhood concerns across Lima. She will work to create a Department of Neighborhood Engagement, directly connecting neighborhoods to city government.
Autumn will work to resolve the root cause and end Lima’s decades long blighted housing crisis, and help residents to become home owners. And by enacting community oriented policing and neighborhood watch, Autumn will build partnerships and trust between neighbors and police in order to reduce crime.
The crime rate in Lima is higher than in 94.9% of U.S. cities
53% of Lima residents rent vs. own
*US Census Bureau
By utilizing Lima’s beautiful existing parks and equipment, Autumn will launch youth-focused programming through the Parks Department.
This recreational programming will run in conjunction with a dedicated mentoring initiative designed to prepare our youth for success.
25% of Lima residents are age 18 and under
*US Census Bureau
We know that permitting is a lengthy and complicated process in Lima, so Autumn’s mayoral role will kick off with a study to map the permitting process for new construction and remodels. From this study, she will create an Office of Economic Development Ombudsmen to work with business owners and corporations to navigate and accelerate the permitting process and provide exceptional customer service.
The city will also provide a comprehensive package of incentives to new and expanding businesses. Those incentives will include more than just tax breaks, providing real infrastructure improvement costs, and a local bidding advantage for contractors and suppliers who live and operate businesses in Lima. We want to help businesses to start, grow, and create jobs for a thriving economy!
In the second half of 2020, Lima experienced an average of 7.8% job loss across all sectors; up to 19.2% in hospitality
*US Bureau of Labor Statistics
From talent attraction and retention to personal safety, study after study illustrates the importance of quality of place to thriving communities. Creating a walkable, safe, and fun downtown Lima will be the first area Autumn will focus initiatives to make Lima a regional destination.
With concentrated shopping and dining options, citizens and guests will rejuvenate our once-bustling downtown, and bolster our economy. Additionally, improving and utilizing Lima’s existing network of parks will help drive activity out into the community.
Lima experiences 5% population loss each year
*US Census Bureau
What They’re Saying
“I support Autumn Swanson because she cares for the Lima community. She continues to do good work in Lima. I look forward to seeing all that she does in the future for this community.”Darrelle Lloyd, LSW
“I have known Autumn for many years and I support her candidacy for the Mayor of Lima. I believe that with Autumn's leadership, Lima will thrive in the years to come and bring back businesses and revenue for this city. Also, with Autumn's leadership, I believe that the youth in this city will also thrive, as Autumn has worked directly within the Lima system and knows what it takes to see our youth succeed. Also Autumn knows what it takes to bring programs back into Lima to help build our youth up. I support Autumn Swanson for the Mayor of Lima.”Jennifer Thornburg
“After knowing Autumn for more than six years, I have never met anyone more passionate about our community. She genuinely wants to see the people of Lima prosper and help the city become the best it can be. Therefore, I fully support Autumn Swanson to be Lima’s next mayor!”Alexica Houdek