Mayor Chase Ritenauer took office as the City of Lorain’s 50th mayor on January 1, 2012 at the age of 27 as the youngest mayor in Lorain’s history and one of the country’s youngest big city mayors. During his time in office, Mayor Ritenauer has focused on improving the city’s core services in an effort to drive the rebirth of Lorain. Tens of millions of dollars have been invested in the city’s roadways and waterlines in efforts to bring aging, decaying infrastructure up to 21st century standards. Lorain’s neighborhoods and housing stock continue to improve with the strides made by the property maintenance programs that have been put in place along with the demolition of hundreds of vacant, blighted and abandoned properties using city and land bank dollars. A steady decline in violent crime has been realized as a result of the city’s investment in its safety forces. Concentrated efforts to clean up and prepare the city’s waterfront for development continue to move ahead at a steady pace and, in 2014, the State of Ohio removed Lorain from Fiscal Watch as the city’s budget is now balanced. There are no plans to slow down, the positive progress and strong momentum put forth will continue and will be highlighted in the summer of 2015 by the “Rockin on the River” annual summer concert series moving to Lorain’s waterfront.