Mayor Diana Willits, Chamber Executive Director Deb Bengtson, and Chamber President Betty Ridout share their thoughts on Windsor Heights — “The City in the Heart of It All”
Your background and involvement in the community
Betty: I am fortunate to work for an organization that believes in and values community involvement which allows me the flexibility of giving back and volunteering for what I believe in. You can pretty much find me at most Chamber or city events, whether it be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser or a Legislative reception.
Diana: I have been active in the community for over 30 years. I enjoyed launching the city’s Special Events Committee, our local Chamber as well as serving on various boards and the City Council before being elected to serve as mayor.
Deb: I have shopped and played in Windsor Heights for years, and I’m looking forward to all of the future opportunities to promote supporting our local businesses and volunteering within this community.
View of the future of Windsor Heights
Diana: Windsor Heights will have a redeveloped Hickman with new commercial and residential housing. On University, we would have a walkable village with eclectic shops and restaurants, a wireless community with buried power lines and beautifully landscape streets that are bike and walker friendly. The economic development will provide the resources necessary to create recreational programs and ensure we have friendly, safe neighborhoods with beautiful homes.
Betty: I envision the future of this city to continue to look for unique products and services that will promote commercial and residential growth without hindering our small town feel. We have strong leaders in key positions, all of whom have a desire to promote businesses, retain and create jobs, attract new families and invest in our future without compromising our community. An example is a special loan program specifically designated to promote business development on Hickman Road within Windsor Heights. Programs like this are needed for intercity growth.
Deb: I see a strong community where businesses are thriving and residents have great pride in where they live. As the demographics of Windsor Heights change, my hope is that we will look at events to cater to each age group, ensuring we continue to attract families of all ages to our city.