Mayor Don Culliver
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Community & Education
Mayor Culliver is well known around the community for his work in education and as a mentor to the youth of Mansfield. While campaigning for office in 2007, Mayor Culliver set a clear goal to get the community involved in our education system to help create a positive and progressive learning environment. []
In 2008, Mayor Culliver helped build bridges between the government, education community and business community by forming several partnerships with local community members to help advance Mansfield to the next level together. Out of those partnerships, education has been a key focus to the Mayor and in November of 2008, he created the Mayor's Education Task Force, a volunteer community organization dedicated towards getting the community involved in our local education system. The Mayor's influence in the community has reached incredible numbers with his initiative gaining 57 volunteers in five months by August 25th 2009 and community partners nation-wide. []
While the economic recession was officially declared in December of 2007, it didn't stop the freshman Mayor from doing whatever it took to gain opportunity for his city. [] Mayor Culliver has been committed towards building partnerships throughout the state and nation and already includes the Ohio General Assembly, Governors Office and the United States Congress. Early 2009, Mayor Culliver and members of his administration traveled to Washington to work with several members of the United States House of Representatives, Senate and the Executive Office to work on funding opportunities for the City of Mansfield. Mayor Culliver was able to generate more than 3 million dollars in funding for Mansfield that helped save several safety service positions.However, because of the global economic shift, he was not able to secure positions for everyone who lost employment.
In 2009, Mayor Culliver partnered with local manufacturers,the business community, State Representative and House Majority Whip Jay Goyal, Commissioner Gary Utt, Governor Ted Strickland and Senator Sherrod Brown in the Mansfield Makes Sense for the New GM campaign towards keeping the local General Motors plant open.[] However, efforts were unsuccessful as the community received the final plan to close from GM Headquarters on July 31st 2009.[]
Family and Personal Life
Mayor Culliver is a proud graduate of Malabar High School and a longtime resident and dedicated member of the Mansfield community, where he is also a loving husband, father and grandfather Mayor Culliver has been active in the community of Mansfield for many years with a 20 year public service record as a city councilman and 35 years experience as a licensed journeyman at PPG Industries.[]
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