Southwest corridor of downtown Elkhart, Elkhart Truth, county courthouse

Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson hopes to revitalize the South-Central neighborhood and, pictured, a part of downtown where multiple blocks are underused and which will soon lose the county courthouse.

ELKHART — Mayor Rod Roberson spent much of the first year in office putting out coronavirus fires and building a foundation for what is to come in the next three years. Now, he wants to turn his focus to making his vision a reality.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which hit Elkhart in March of 2020 and has not relented, forced Roberson to change his focus in the first year in office, which he spent leading city employees in adapting to work differently while still providing the services residents depend on. The way residents interact with the city changed, as Roberson introduced a 311 system that allows residents to make most inquiries through an app and has streamlined how the city responds.

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