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Mayor's Message: August will be hard to beat

Henry Balensifer
By Henry Balensifer, Friday, September 14, 2018

August has been quite the month so far!

Despite the smoky start, there have been many occasions for celebration.

Pacific Coast reopened, we dedicated our city’s veterans memorial (thank you to the Fort Stevens Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars), and last weekend we had a free community concert.

Additionally, the city kicked off its first community meeting for the Economic Road mapping process.

We kicked off the economic road mapping with a community gathering in Hammond.

The choice in location was intentional. Our city has two downtowns -- one on South Main Avenue and another on Pacific Drive -- and the city is making an effort to ensure we’re both as inclusive as possible and reaching people where they are.

I want to thank Gateway Community Church for hosting the Economic Road mapping meeting and town hall. They approached me and asked what they could do to support the city and volunteered their meeting room.

The Columbia Press noted there were five issues that came out of focus groups and a citywide survey.

After reviewing the results, participants at the Hammond meeting voted to pick three, and it was very clear what they were. Workforce, livability/downtown revitalization, and nuisance properties were the priorities.

Citizens then formed into working groups to develop strategies to begin working on those issues. 

Look for additional announcements and opportunities to join one of these groups in September and October. 

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