Mayor Chris Beutler today officially opened the City's new Development Services Center (DSC), calling it a "pro-business initiative to spur economic development in Lincoln." The DSC – a "one-stop shop" for the review, permitting and inspection of development projects – has been in operation since March. It co-locates five departments that work with development projects on the second floor of the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th St.
"The DSC represents the City's promise to our community that we are updating our development processes and procedures," Beutler said. "And it sends a strong message to developers and investors that Lincoln is not just ‘open for business' – we are here to help you succeed. We are cutting the red tape for project reviews permits, and inspections. That saves everyone time and money."
The five departments represented in the DSC are Building and Safety, Health, Planning, Public Works and Utilities and Urban Development. The directors of those departments make up the Executive Management Team. Fred Hoke, the City's former Building and Safety Director, has served as DSC Manager since October.
"The directors and the entire DSC staff deserve credit for their hard work, focus and flexibility," Hoke said. "Customers have noticed and commented on the easier and faster process, and that means we are accomplishing our goal of providing better service to the development community."
Staff members from the five departments formed three teams responsible for making recommendations on the DSC administration. Hoke said they made operational suggestions and looked at all the technical and software aspects required to operate the DSC efficiently and effectively. Mayor Beutler also appointed a DSC Industry Advisory Committee from the development community, which met monthly for over a year to discuss the DSC concept.
At today's ribbon-cutting, Mayor Beutler also recognized three DSC "firsts":
Mayor Chris Beutler invites the public to tour the City's new Development Services Center (DSC) at an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, May 18) on the second floor of the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th St.
For additional information, see the public invitation or call the DSC offices at 441-3444.