A Message from City Manager Dana McDaniel
The core of Dublin’s Mission Statement is to provide the best quality of life and environment in which our residents and businesses can thrive. To do this, City Council has determined certain key Strategic Focus Areas that guide City staff in our day-to-day eff orts. Without such strategic direction, our goals would merely be wishful thinking. That’s why every decision we make is done with five areas of strategic focus at the forefront – fiscal health; economic vitality; smart, customer-focused government; community engagement; and safe and resilient community. City Council’s vision and leadership produced our strategic focus, and I’m proud to report our local government implemented Council’s strategy to make 2017 another banner year for Dublin.
Fiscal health: This past year, the City of Dublin earned the highest possible bond ratings from three of the nation’s top credit rating organizations – Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s (S&P). Fewer than 40 cities nationwide have achieved the top ratings from all three agencies. Each agency recognized the City’s conservative budgeting and financial management policies as hallmarks of Dublin’s financial stability.
Economic vitality: It’s clear that people want to do business in Dublin. Our commercial vacancy rates are less than 9%, and we continue to focus on the retention and expansion of our existing businesses while also attracting new businesses. In 2017, we witnessed the Bridge Street District begin to come to life, and we continued the study and long-term planning regarding our legacy office parks, West Innovation District and infrastructure needs. This past year also brought additional planning of the 33 Smart Corridor. All of these efforts were critical to maintaining and developing a sustainable and vibrant local economy well into the future.
Smart, customer-focused government: 2017 saw us complete expansion and renovation on both our Justice Center and Service Center, enabling us to more efficiently serve our residents. Our City departments took home dozens of state and national awards in recognition of their high quality and innovation. Examples include our Fleet being named among the top fleets in all of North America, Dublin Police Officer Chuck Collier being honored Ohio School Resource Officer of the Year and Dublin being selected as the #4 suburb in the U.S. by real estate website Niche.com. We made significant strides in training staff and building internal capacity to further implement our Lean Six Sigma initiative.
Community engagement: City Council and City staff have worked tirelessly to hold open meetings and attend events to engage with our residents and businesses. We expanded the number of face-to-face community engagement events we offer, such as the Community Conversation with Dublin’s Indian Community, Cof ee and Conversation with the City Manager and our Talks in the Park. We also saw substantial growth in our City social media accounts, allowing us to better connect with you and respond to your questions and concerns.
Safe and resilient: The safety of our public and our employees remains our highest priority. Our police continue to take a proactive approach to keep our community one of the safest in the nation. We’ve done this by implementing active shooter training for the public and “Take-back Tuesdays” to help fight prescription pill abuse. We also used Public Service Announcement videos, social media and eNews to keep our residents aware of the latest crime trends. The effective on-street partnership among our Police, Streets & Utilities and Parks staff, along with the Washington Township Fire Department, continues to be strong when it is most critically needed during emergencies. While we’ll take some time to enjoy the accomplishments of 2017, I assure you that we won’t become complacent. Our strategic focus simply won’t allow it. We have a saying that “Dublin is home,” and I’m looking forward to what we’ll do together to make Dublin an even stronger home in 2018!
Dublin City Manager