The Claremore Collective Development Crew hosted Jill Ferenec, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Claremore at their monthly meeting this week. A native of Claremore, Ferenec returned to the city in 2012 to assume her current post following a professional stint with Texas communities.
"The Department of Planning and Development has undergone a significant transformation in recent years," Ferenec shared. "We have assembled as a one-stop shop and streamlined our processes to meet the needs of businesses and developers."
Ferenec provided an update on the recent cycle of residential, commercial, and industrial permits and the current pulse of development throughout the city. Efforts from the city are focused on transportation solutions and infrastructure updates. Special mention was given to the Safe Routes to School project and the proposal of a new comprehensive 2016-17 plan.
Members in the audience voiced opinions regarding the current city limits and the ability for the boudaries to expand in the future in an effort to entice developers to bring new projects to Claremore.
Development Crew Leader, Brad Ward charged this group to take action on their passions. "As we narrow our focus over the coming months, participation from the members of this group will be the defining element of the progress we will achieve," Ward noted.
Claremore Collective assembled in January focusing on representing the interests of young professionals in five key areas-- Attraction, Arts and Entertainment, Development, Government Relations, and Next Gen Leadership.
The Claremore Collective Development Crew works to facilitate and support the creation and growth of new and existing young professional-friendly businesses and community developments. The crew is led by Brad Ward, VP of Commercial Lending at RCB Bank and Ryan Eaton, VP of Commercial Lending at BancFirst.
The crew meets the last Thursday of each month at the North Block Common in historic Downtown Claremore.