OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — After multiple terms with previous Mayor Bob Bunting, Mark Blankenship is going to be a fresh face to Ozark’s city government as its mayor-elect.
He is extremely excited to jump in and start on multiple projects, the largest one being new housing, whether apartment or larger homes.
“You know we’re constantly trying to recruit industry and business, but we got to have people,” Blankenship said. “When we bring those jobs here, we got to get them living in Ozark. We got to grow our population to be able to attract other things, and the only way to do that is housing and you know we got to. It’s just housing is the number one economic indicator, when you got folks building houses in a town every business in this town prospers.”
Blankenship also talked about bringing new businesses and potentially more jobs into town. He is also looking into adding to the downtown area and bringing it more to life.
“But yeah there’s some other business things in the works,” Blankenship said. “Some things downtown that we’re excited about getting more activity going on downtown and getting people to come there with our new amphitheater and the other businesses downtown, I think you’re going to see a big change.”
The last thing Blankenship touched on was the new Van Heusen building the city just received as a donation from the previous owners.
“Over time, I don’t think there’s anything real definite on a business there right now but I can promise you we’ll be pursing that hot and heavy,” Blankenship said.
Blankenship is very excited to start his new position and looks forward to all the potential projects he has planned for the city.