Lori Hollingsworth, mayor of Lincoln City for eight years, is credited with bringing livability and green initiatives (like a new LEED-certified library) to town.
In the past eight years more than 20 projects that cost more than $100,000 have been generated which saw the city collaborating with a variety of partners, including a new childcare center, affordable housing, an upgraded bus system, and an incubator program to provide reduced rent to start-up businesses.
Still, Hollingsworth believes much of the credit goes to city manager David Hawker. “He’s the man with broad shoulders who takes risk and does a lot of heavy lifting,” Hollingsworth says. “He’s not a dynamic character, he just gets the job done. Some people work by sheer personality and charisma. That’s not him. He’s just smart.”
Hawker is quick to acknowledge that Lincoln City is doing well. He says the city’s infrastructure has been steadily improving, whereas in cities across the country basic and vital services are declining. Tourism is generally measured by how many lodging dollars are generated and those dollars have increased in Lincoln City by 23% in the last six years. In 2010, the gross room revenue was $46 million. But Hawker’s not interested in taking credit. “The community, the city council, and the city management have been willing to take some risk, and do things that aren’t a given,” Hawker says. “And we’ve been pretty successful. I think that’s what’s different about Lincoln City. We’re unusual for a community this small.”