Name: Bob Stevenson
Occupation: National Store Brands Manager for Nestle USA
Family: Wife, Lisa - 4 children- two married and living in Layton, two at home that are juniors at Layton High School, four grandchildren
Hobbies: Jogging/Home Building/Boating/Skiing
1. Name some of the qualifications you possess that makes you the best choice to represent your city?
-10 years experience Layton City Council 1982 thru 1991
-31 years Nestle USA Working with Corporate Retailers across the country as well as independent small business owners
-Community Service: Davis Arts Council, Layton Fire Dept, Layton City Sports Programs, State Fire Marshalls Board, NARD Board, Northern Wasatch HBA -Weber State University Business Administration BS degree 1976 -Graduate Classes Utah State University Distributive Education 76-77 -Understanding of Development/Building process -Decision Maker, Leader
2. What political ideals and philosophies guide your decision-making process?
I am conservative in my thinking but make decisions only after listening, asking questions, learning, and projecting out the long term effect to the organization. I believe that decisions need to be made through collaborative consensus.
3) What is the most important issue facing your city? Economic Development -Empty buildings are not only a loss of revenue/jobs but quickly become run down and show signs of a dying economy.
-Downtown Layton must be properly developed to insure the economic growth of the area for the future.
-East Gate must be a development that will offer future family sustaining jobs to our children.
4) Name some qualities that you possess that make you a good team worker and able to bring consensus among city leaders. -I understand the inner workings of city government and believe that it works best when every effort is made to be responsive to the citizens.
-My business background is built around team work and professionalism -I am a communicator and understand the importance of communication within a team. I respect the opinions of all team members and I believe that honest evaluation of the facts surrounding a situation will lead to better decisions and consensus among leaders. -I am patient in listening, learning all I can, and then making a decision.
-I am confident in my ability as a leader.
5. What do you think will be some major issues your city will face a generation from now?
-Build-out- Decisions today on existing available lands will set the tone for the economy in the future. We must have areas for Family Sustaining Job growth opportunities such as manufacturing/office developments, long term commercial development, recreation/arts expansion, and residential developments. We must also find ways to keep neighborhoods clean, safe, and inviting places to live now and in the future.
-UTOPIA- This is a very quiet issue of which most residents are not aware. In a few months Layton City will send UTOPIA a check for approximately 2 million in tax dollars. That payment will come due for the next 30 plus years and rise in cost over time. If the revenue to meet this payment is not generated from subscribers to the service, the city will have to use tax dollars to offset this obligation for the next generation and then some. UTOPIA is a good idea on paper even though I have trouble with government providing this service rather than the private sector. Mismanagement has contributed to its cost overruns and lack of completion. Unfortunately, Layton is committed to it and our responsibility will be to do everything in our power to make it work without more expenditure of tax payer dollars.
-Recycling/Garbage- In the next 20 years the landfill will be closed and we will go outside our county for waste disposal. The "Green" movement is becoming more of a factor in all of our lives and we must stay ahead of the curve in preparation for the future. I favor a pilot program of optional curb side recycling in Layton.