Spotlight breakfast highlights City’s accomplishments, optimism for future | News
The City of Sierra Vista hosted its 5th Annual Spotlight Breakfast on Tuesday, August 13, at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center. More than 200 area officials, business owners, and community members were in attendance to hear about the City’s recent strategic accomplishments, new strategic goals to be accomplished by June 2016, and plans for an optimistic economic future.
Mayor Rick Mueller spoke briefly welcoming the audience and reiterating the City’s commitment to take a more active role in shaping the City’s economic future. He further urged community members to join in the efforts commenting that “economic growth should not rest on one entity’s shoulders but requires partnership and collaboration.”
Assistant City Manager Mary Jacobs provided an overview of the many projects city staff diligently worked on to meet the goals of the 2011-2013 Strategic Leadership Plan approved by City Council.
“Seventy-five percent or 33 of the 44 objectives are completed or nearly completed” Ms. Jacobs said. “Four of the objectives are ongoing, three are behind schedule for various reasons, and four are on hold for funding or other reasons.”
Major accomplishments included the expansion of the City’s wastewater treatment plant, expanded recycling services, purchase of State land for future ball fields, engaging residents through the Dream Your City process, pursuing grant funding to improve major streets, construction of multi-use paths, and providing sewage service to residents in the Sulger neighborhood.
Ms. Jacobs also highlighted new objectives in the current 2014-2016 Strategic Leadership Plan recently approved by City Council. The plan includes the three most requested items submitted by residents during the Dream Your City process: activities for teens and children, more multi-use paths, and the possibility of future town center. City staff will continue to pursue grants to construct more multi-use paths as well as explore ways to create and sustain a future town center. Residents can also look forward to the reopening of a new Teen Center set to open later this fall.
City Manager Charles Potucek touched on current challenges impacting the economy including recent furloughs, contractor re-compete, military travel policy, privatized Army lodging, unit relocations, and local water rights. He also took an optimistic look at the City’s future, citing new jobs created from new businesses currently under construction, like Hobby Lobby, Tractor Supply and JoAnn Fabric & Craft Shop. Mr. Potucek’s other reason for optimism is the newly approved City economic development framework called Plan for Prosperity, which provides strategies and specific goals for economic growth: retain and expand Fort Huachuca’s missions; strengthen, expand, and encourage trade with Mexico; expand and promote tourism, aim for specific jobs and firms in targeted sectors like healthcare, information technology and communication.