Apple Valley State Of The Town

By Jim Nickerson

(Apple Valley)–The Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Apple Valley combined forces to present a State of the Town address Tuesday evening at the Apple Valley Conference Center.  Speaking to a crowd of local business persons and dignitaries, Town Manager Frank Robinson acknowledged several representatives from the Town and Community, including the entire Apple Valley Town Council, Fire Chief Art Bishop, Apple Valley Superintendent of Schools Tom Hoegerman, and the Director and Board of the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce.  State Assemblyman Tim Donnelley sent representatives Janet Nelsen and Chad Hanley and a representative from the office of County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt was also in attendance.

A fifteen minute professional video presentation was shown utilizing the state of the art presentation equipment in the Conference Center highlighting Apple Valley’s “Vision 2020”.  Town Council members were featured in individual segments interviewing community developers and pointing out the many outstanding features of Apple Valley and the future plans for further development, not only in residential and retail but commercial, education and transportation.  The most outstanding fact was the amount of development that the Town has been able to accomplish in a slow economy.  Several new shopping centers, including the Target Center across from Town Hall and the Jess Ranch Marketplace, both which have steadily gained new merchants in spite of a national economy that has seen very little retail and service sector growth.

After the video, Mayor Nassif gave a short PowerPoint presentation on the businesses that have opened or signed leases to locate businesses in Apple Valley since the video production deadline, including a new O’Reilly Auto Parts in the now vacant Hollywood Video Store at the Wal Mart Center on Highway 18.  The irony of a new chain auto parts store was not lost on the Mayor, who owns the Apple Valley Napa as well as several other Napa stores in the High Desert.

In keeping with the Town motto of  “A Better Way of Life “ and the Chamber of Commerce desire to do business with local companies a very professional and delicious buffet was produced by Tammy Watson and her staff of Apple Valley Catering.

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