(Victorville)–Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler sent the following letter to The Los Angeles Times hoping to reach an interest in visiting Victorville.
Here is the letter in it’s entirety:
Dear Ms. Semuels:
I have recently reviewed the aforementioned article and I do admit, I did read the subject article with great interest. I remain excited about the general optimism you shared with your audience as it relates to market conditions of the Inland Empire. I do hope that for future articles, you will consider me as resource that could be helpful to you in describing the truest reflection of the economic landscape in the City of Victorville.
Towards the end of the article, you chose to cite a principal economist, Mr. Gerd-Ulf Krueger, identifying “Victorville as the poster child of the overhang” and that “nobody wants to go to Victorville.” While I don’t know exactly what is meant by overhang, I do know, through personal experience, that Victorville is seeing many who want to come to Victorville, particularly, new and expanding industries that create well paying jobs that I believe your article is suggesting as necessary to improve economic conditions and encourage residential and commercial growth. In fact, since the start of 2009, a time when we all have been knee deep in the national recession, Victorville has welcomed many major industrial companies to its community while at the same time, many companies are leaving California altogether.
Among our most recent testimonials are the following:
Altogether, these latest additions are contributors to why we believe, locally, that there is a small sense of recovery. More specifically, it is for reasons mentioned above why we believe Victorville recently reported its sales tax figures having increased by more than 11% in the second quarter of this calendar year.
Finally, I have been very involved with the economic development efforts in Victorville for the last 15-years and I would welcome your visit to show you, first hand, why in fact people and business want to be in Victorville. I will remain available for any questions or comments you might have and can be reached at 760-243-4773.
Keith C. Metzler
Assistant City Manager
The past actions and policies of Victorville city council after the closure of former George AFB (SCLA)have set the stage for us today.
Good letter, Mr. Metzler. Thank you for taking a pro-active stance in promoting Victorville and defending it’s aggressive reachout to business.