Chris and his wife Megan have two daughters, Emily and Isobel. They enjoy spending time out in the community with family and friends, attending and volunteering at local charity events and everything that makes DeLand the "Athens of Florida".
Cloudman served four years on the city’s Planning Board before being appointed to Seat 4 of the City Commission in 2014. In addition to serving as a commissioner, he also represents DeLand on the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization Board, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Management Entity, Florida League of Cities Transportation and Intergovernmental Legislative Policy Committee, Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council and the Florida Municipal Pension Trust Fund.
Chris’ community service extends beyond his involvement with city government. He is a recent Past President of the Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand, a Mentor and Advisory Committee Chair of the FUTURES Foundation Take Stock in Children Program, a volunteer with the Millennium Musicians youth music program and a member of the DeLand Middle School Advisory Committee.
Keeping the small town feel while welcoming in our expanding community is essential to protecting the charm of DeLand. Community-wide, inclusive events, as well as, cultural and recreational opportunities all contribute to DeLand's identity. We need to embrace the diversity of our city and encourage a variety of development that fosters interconnectedness between and within all neighborhoods.
In the last few years, DeLand and Volusia County have seen a rise in both residential and commercial new construction. We have to continue to invest in the city's infrastructure and services to make sure that we are meeting the needs of current and future residents. We are also at a pivotal time in the development of our community and we must continue to balance the influx of larger commercial companies with the fantastic locally owned entrepreneurial enterprises that make us Delightful DeLand.
Knowledge is power, and the fear of what we do not know often leads to misunderstandings and unfair judgements. The City of DeLand is blessed with resources, initiatives and programs offered by both city government and local organizations. We need to continue to educate our community about local government through programs like Leadership West Volusia, School of Government, Citizens Police Academy and opportunities to speak at local schools and organizations. We also need to promote the fantastic resources available at places like the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia and the Spring Hill Resource Center. Last, we need to work with our educational partners to ensure that programs are in place to provide residents with the skills and knowledge that our existing and future companies are looking for in a workforce.
The historical districts within the heart of our city contribute greatly to the identity of DeLand. The West Volusia Historical Society and the Historical Preservation Board, along with community partners like the salvage efforts of Florida Victorian, have created a good equilibrium between historic preservation and cohesive new construction that compliments the historic structures. The revitalization of Artisan Alley and the surrounding area is a great example of repurposing and reuse versus removal replacement.