2. Mayor Jim Fouts initiated multiple Cost-savings programs in Sanitation, Building Maintenance and Public Works departments as well as consolidated several city departments to further reduce operating costs, and the Rental Inspection Program is now self-sustaining. In addition to reducing operational costs in various city departments, Mayor Fouts eliminated city paid cell phones and car allowances for all mayoral appointees and further saved the city $30,000 by not using a personal driver and eliminating leased vehicle for Mayor. In addition, because of the Mayor’s initiatives, the city of Warren saved thousands of taxpayer’s dollars on Christmas tree lighting and fireworks as well as reduced the number of city employees by 27%, without layoffs.
3. Committed to public safety and environmental substantiality, Mayor Jim Fouts implemented the largest collaborative municipal LED conversion effort to date by converting over 6 thousand mercury vapor streetlights to LED which will save the City of Warren $5 million over 15 years.
4. The Mayor’s efforts to modernize the city payroll led to the Computerization of Purchasing Department’s System which now provides monthly budget update reports and regular overtime reports for efficient processing. Mayor Jim Fouts secured an “AA” Bond Rating for his continued investment in growing and developing the business environment in the City of Warren, for which his demonstration was recognized by receiving the highest award in Financial reporting.
5. Mayor Jim Fouts tirelessly works to promote the future of the city’s downtown development with initiatives such as attracting a $1 billion investment at the General Motors Tech Center, the expansion of the Chrysler Manufacturing Center and the opening of Prestige Cadillac to further spur economic development.
6. Mayor Fouts initiated the development of a new supermarkets such as Meijer, Kroger, and Masen Foods to name a few which have brought hundreds of new jobs to the City of Warren.
7. A $10 million hotel will be built near the new Menard’s home improvement super store in downtown Warren and the Mayor envisions a bustling, pedestrian-friendly area featuring condominiums, shops and restaurants along this stretch of the Van Dyke corridor leading up to City Hall.
8. Mayor Jim Fouts’ tireless efforts and multiple initiatives, such as meeting with business leaders and offering tax incentives, new business development and expansions of existing ones, resulted in the City of Warren retaining 13,831 jobs and creating an additional 2,148 jobs.