State of the City: A Positive Yet Realistic Message

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victorville) – There was standing room only as a record crowd of over 300 filled the conference center at the Hilton Garden Inn to hear the Chamber’s State of the City presentation given by Mayor Ryan McEachron.

The State of the City presentation focused on the City’s 2011 accomplishments: the numerous jobs and increased income brought to the area with United Furniture, Mars, and Red Bull locating in Victorville; the long awaited department store Macys due top open in 2013; and a secret expansion at the Mall of Victor Valley. Also the Walmart Supercenter broke ground in the Dunia plaza and is expected to have a summer grand opening.

2011 also saw the long awaited LaMesa/Nisqualli groundbreaking, and the expansion of Desert Valley Hospital.

McEachron said that Victorville saw increasing tax revenue during 2011. He said the city expects to see over $15 million in sales tax in 2012, which will cover a portion of the cost of its police and fire contracts.

McEachron acknowledged the City will still face challenges in 2012 with the redevelopment crisis but expects future projects like the Desert Express and the new St Mary’s Hospital to add much needed jobs to the area.

“The City of Victorville is a job creating machine,” said McEachron. “I think if there was one take away for everyone there today is that don’t think for a second that Victorville has stopped its efforts to create jobs.  We will continue to create jobs, that will continue to be our number one priority and number one focus.”

The event also featured ensemble entertainment from “Forever Plaid” playing soon at the High Desert Center for the Arts. McEachron said, “It was a great performance. They got a thunderous applause from the entire crowd. It was a good lead in to the State of the City because it got everyone pumped up.”

Mayor McEachron was recently selected as Public Official of the Year by PublicCEO.com.

You can see the presentation on the City’s website: http://ci.victorville.ca.us/

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