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The Mayor is the city executive responsible for the day-to-day operations of all city services. The Mayor is also responsible for working with the elected leaders of various government units in the interest of New Haven residents. The Mayor is the presiding officer of the New Haven City Council.
The Mayor is actively involved at the state level as New Haven’s ambassador. The Mayor meets with state representatives on a regular basis to ensure that New Haven’s interests are being addressed at the state level. While the state legislature is in session, Mayor McMichael spends time speaking with elected leaders at the State House. The Mayor makes several trips to testify before committees and lobbies for positive legislation for our community.
The Mayor oversees the Planning and Economic Development Departments and its efforts to attract new employers and businesses to the community. New Haven works in a cooperative effort with the Fort Wayne/Allen County Economic Development Alliance, which is an independent office marketing the Allen County area to prospective employers. The New Haven economic development professionals work closely with the Alliance on many projects each year and the relationship has proven to be very successful.
Many residents have expressed an interest and desire for a wider variety of stores and restaurants in New Haven. Although the Mayor doesn’t have the ability to bring any particular business to the city, Mayor McMichael is working diligently to promote residential growth and bolstering our demographics. By strengthening our population, raising our per capita income and investing in our infrastructure, New Haven will become more attractive to the business and employment opportunities our residents want to have.