OUR CITY

Looking ahead excitedly, and with lots of spirit!

Tom Rowland
Posted 1/11/18

The first days of a new year always bring forth new opportunities to look ahead, and there’s no doubt there is much to look forward to during the coming months in The City With Spirit.Preliminary …

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OUR CITY

Looking ahead excitedly, and with lots of spirit!

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The first days of a new year always bring forth new opportunities to look ahead, and there’s no doubt there is much to look forward to during the coming months in The City With Spirit.

Preliminary work is going on now for our future downtown transformation. We are taking steps today to prepare for the Cleveland of tomorrow.

Our long-range future may still be coming into focus, but our immediate future is easy to see.

The Spring Branch Industrial Park will be open for business soon. It’s already easy to see how this location on our city’s south side will be home to thousands of jobs.

Not far away from the industrial park, our Cleveland Fire Department’s Station 6 is starting to take shape. It will serve an area we already know is going to attract commercial growth — and more jobs — outside the industrial park.

Meanwhile, a new city school is under construction on the west side of town, to serve an area that’s seen residential growth for some time now. And when the state begins widening Highway 60, more changes will be coming there.

There’s more. Tinsley Park and Deer Park will be updated soon, as we  have shared and detailed in earlier columns.

Our city will be a very active place in the coming months.

Last week, I announced I will not be a candidate for mayor in August. It’s been an exciting 27 years. Our population during that time has grown from 28,000 to 45,000 and will be at or near 50,000 by 2020, based on our current rate of growth.

We have a state-of-the-art Cleveland Regional Jetport, an award-winning Museum Center at Five Points, an expanding and popular Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway system, and a much-used public transportation system headquartered in the historic and revitalized railroad depot building. And there is so much more. 

While all that was taking place, our city has been collecting accolades from across the country from all types of publications, surveys and consulting firms. Some of those recognitions focus on quality of life here, making us a good place to raise a family and a good place to retire.

Yet others have touted our economic growth and our diversified industry base, making us a great place to find a job, or build a business and create new jobs.

This progress, I am confident, will continue in the months and years to come.

A spirit of excitement lives in The City With Spirit.

Stay tuned!

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