Controlled development and solid financial planning have played a major role in Westlake’s decades-long evolution from a quiet farming community to a thriving suburb. One might even say, in this American Greetings town, that growth and planning have been the hallmarks of Mayor Dennis Clough’s tenure. These topics always feature prominently in Clough’s annual State of the City address to the business community, and this year’s presentation was no exception.
Speaking before an audience of West Shore Chamber of Commerce members on March 14, Clough discussed his administration’s approach to managing Westlake’s transformation.
“We’ve had a history of good planning ever since I’ve been involved, for 32 years,” Clough said. “I think that’s one of the reasons why Westlake has become the very successful community it is today, because we didn’t just let things happen. We controlled the growth in the community and we had a lot to say with how it grew and what type of businesses, what type of growth was going to happen.”