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Welcome to Frankfort – home of the Hot Dogs!
On behalf of our more than 16,400 residents, we invite you learn what the Gem City has to offer to individuals, families and businesses.
Known for its brightness in the new electric light era, it was said you could see Frankfort shine from miles away on the prairie. Hence the name, Gem City. Today, the County seat of Clinton County boasts a warm, small town atmosphere blended with a proactive business-friendly environment.
A progressive City government, excellent school system, Hot Dogs sports teams, nationally-recognized library, peaceful neighborhoods, active Main Street businesses, an innovative Industrial Park complex and active Chamber of Commerce, City-County airport, six City parks and access to nine major highways and roads add up to an appealing and inviting community in which to visit, live, work and play.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
– Mayor Chris McBarnes
Frankfort Downtown Revitalization Plan
About the Mayor’s Office
Located on the first floor of Old Stoney, the Mayor’s Office is open from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Residents are welcome to stop by, but to ensure time with the Mayor, citizens should contact Tina Stock to schedule an appointment.
Working with the Board of Works and his four department heads, Mayor McBarnes leads the daily operations of the City. Filled with meetings, communications, decisions and various events to attend, every day is unique in its opportunities. A sampling of the Mayor’s activities include representing Frankfort to various community groups, the media and regional and statewide entities; attending numerous meetings on a weekly basis; partnering with local industries to help ensure their local stability; seeking ways to bring new companies to town; leading beautification efforts; reading to area youngsters, and responding to residents’ questions and suggestions.
The Mayor's 4 Cornerstones
revitalizing Frankfort one block, one street, one house, one yard at a time
At the heart of any community are its neighborhoods. Each one has its own identity, needs and issues while being a part of the whole. Neighborhood revitalization includes both neighborhood and community-wide concepts, each designed to strengthen, beautify and improve the aesthetics, infrastructure and overall atmosphere of our City. Initiatives within this cornerstone range from the City’s new Complete Streets program to recycling and Operation Spring Clean Up to North Maish Road improvements to educational programs about increasing property values to a renewed partnership between Frankfort’s Fire and Police Departments.
Frankfort is open for business
A community’s economic health is paramount to its continued survival and growth. Economic development is about nurturing existing corporate citizens – small and large – and attracting new businesses to the City. A comprehensive economic development plan will be the foundation upon which this cornerstone stands. In addition to the creation of an economic development plan, relationship building, job creation, City-County joint planning and code enforcement, Industrial Park site visits and a youth job shadowing program are part of this cornerstone that will help position Frankfort to become and remain competitive in the world marketplace.
a two way street: listening, sharing
Sharing information, listening to feedback, implementing suggestions and having a strategic communications plan as a guide are the elements that produce solid communications between municipal government and the citizens served. With a dedicated commitment to communicating, education and understanding of the City’s many initiatives can be achieved while misconceptions and even rumors can be minimized, leading to greater satisfaction among the citizenry and often, increased participation in events, programs and services. A comprehensive communications plan, including all kinds of tools ranging from news releases to interviews to the Web site, Facebook, and outreach with community groups make up the activity within this cornerstone.
operating from the consent of the governed
Citizen voice is the driver behind City initiatives because done correctly, residents and visitors are the beneficiaries of municipal programs and services. Voices of the governed should and need to be heard. Those voices often are represented in the form of event volunteers, advisory board and committee members and citizen leaders. Opportunities including Mayor’s Night Out events, various roundtables and youth leadership initiatives are included in this cornerstone that puts citizens and their input and involvement at the forefront of the action.
All activities in both the 100-Day and 200-Day Plans revolve around the Mayor’s four cornerstones of Neighborhood Revitalization, Economic Development, Communications and Citizen Voice.