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Meet the candidates 2003 - Nate Short
What do you feel are the three biggest issues facing Sno-qualmie?
I feel the three biggest issues facing Snoqualmie are: 1) managing growth, 2) developing economic activity and 3) providing well managed and effective city services for our residents.
When it comes to planning growth, what do you see as a vision for the city?
I have always believed that beginning with the "end in mind" is the key to effective planning. As far as a vision for the city and its future growth, I am focused on three areas. First, to build on community assets that enrich the family experience and build a more attractive environment for current and future residents. This includes the expansion of our parks, trails and athletic fields, as well as the building of a new library.
Second, I believe it is important to have a strong economic base that encourages small business investment in a controlled and deliberate fashion. This is important in order to maintain the small-town feel that we enjoy, to provide more convenience for our residents and to optimize potential revenues for our city.
Third, we need to invest in adequate infrastructure that ensures a safe and well-maintained community. This includes our city police, fire, parks and utility departments.
What would you do to bring business to the downtown core?
As a small business owner and entrepreneur, I appreciate the hard work that goes into building a business. As far as helping bring business to historic downtown and the Ridge, I support three initiatives that will have a long-lasting effect: 1) creating a business development committee responsible for creating an annual marketing plan to attract and retain commercial and retail businesses; 2) working closely with the Northwest Railway Museum to promote tourism and revitalization efforts; 3) the Corps of Engineers 205 Project, which will provide flood relief for the downtown and encourage more business investment.
What will you do to bridge the division between historic downtown and the Ridge?
To bring Snoqualmie Ridge and historic downtown residents closer together I support the creation of more city facilities that encourage interaction between residents. A perfect example is Centennial Ball Fields, which have already had a significant impact on bridging the two areas together. In addition, I support the construction of an affordable, phased community center and pool, which I feel will encourage more interaction among residents.
The City Council and city officials have discussed changing the makeup of Snoqualmie's governmental structure. Do you think the city should move to a city-manager or other form of government?
I am against changing Snoqualmie's city form of government in the near term because I believe that with the high level of growth our city will experience in the coming years it will be too costly and complex to manage and implement. However, if we look past 2008, the population of our city is projected to be well over 8,000. At this size it would be prudent to re-evaluate if a city-manager form of government makes sense.
What qualities make you the right candidate for the job?
Strong business background, listening skills and enthusiasm! I have a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Washington and have spent the bulk of my career in sales and sales management with Sybron Dental Specialties. I have worked in 21 countries worldwide and have been responsible for multi-million dollar sales and budget numbers.
In 1998, I decided to become an entrepreneur. Since then my entrepreneurial efforts have included starting two successful businesses, the last of which was sold to a large Internet healthcare company listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. I am committed to raising my family here in Snoqualmie and to becoming even more involved in the local community.