D. Richard Francke

for College Township Supervisor

Education

Diploma, State College Area High School; Bachelor of Science, Operations Management; Minor, Business Logistics, Pennsylvania State University

Qualifications

Retired First Sergeant, Pennsylvania Army National Guard; Previous Member, College Township Zoning Hearing Board; Previous Commissioner, College Township Planning Commission; Current Councilman, College Township Council; Current Commissioner, Centre County Planning Commission

Mailing Address

1621 Elizabeth Road
State College, PA 16801

If elected, what will be your three top priorities, and how will you address them? One of the many projects I’ve had the honor of participating with my Council peers on is the development of a draft Mission Statement for College Township: “To protect and enhance quality of life, while facilitating responsible growth and maintaining harmony between rural and urban areas, in an efficient and responsible manner for all its citizens.”

This Mission Statement is supported by a number of goals that help focus my and, hopefully, the Township’s efforts. Of those, my top three priorities of the six currently proposed are: to promote economic (re)development activities that increase citizen access to quality work opportunities while maintaining the Township’s tax base; to insure the availability and access to adequate and affordable housing for every resident; and to facilitate Township growth while protecting and preserving the environment and maximizing the use of public infrastructure.

None of the above can occur in exclusion of any of the others. To accomplish them will require good communication to ensure our elected and appointed officials understand the wants, desires and needs of those they represent. With that understanding, sound planning principles must be employed to chart the path forward via zoning, ordinances, policies, etc. Finally, the path will require leadership to make the tough and sometimes unpopular decisions to keep the Township moving forward without sacrificing what we hold dear today.