It has been six months since the new council took office. As we approach the end of the calendar year, I wanted to share my New Year’s resolutions for Oro Valley as we look towards an exciting and bright 2011.
• Expand and foster opportunities for our community to engage with its local government at all levels. This is truly one of the top priorities for the council. Ways in which we are doing this today include the Council on Your Corner program, coffee groups in local businesses, speaking engagements at your homeowners’ associations, community and civic groups, and through our monthly community newsletter, the Oro Valley Vista.
We want to do more, and we want to hear from our residents on ways that we can do that. Every council member is accessible — just pick up the phone and call us, or send us an e-mail at town hall.
• Strengthen our economic foundation by aggressively marketing our community to employers looking to grow their businesses if they’re already here, or bring new ventures into the market. We’ve had tremendous success this year with the announcement of the Ventana/Roche expansion and the University of Arizona’s BIO5 incubator program. We are also targeting other industries, and as the economy begins to show signs of improvement, we anticipate our efforts will be successful.
• Build stronger regional partnerships. Marana and Oro Valley have unique assets in the Northwest upon which we can build a strong economic strategy to attract and retain quality employment and a healthy tourism market. We’re excited to begin this planning with the first-ever joint town council study session that will be held in January.
• Most importantly, I want to make time count. I am a firm believer that time is a precious commodity for all of us these days, and we all want to make sure that when it’s spent, it’s spent wisely, because you can’t get it back. If you’re volunteering for the town, we want to make sure your time is being well spent and your efforts are making a difference. If you take the time to attend a council meeting, we want to make sure that our discussions are pertinent and relevant to getting the job done. If you are taking the time to utilize one of the town’s services or programs, we want you to feel there was value in those efforts.
As we close the curtain on 2010, on behalf of my fellow council members, as well as all of the employees of the Town, we want to extend a warm holiday wish to all of the residents in Oro Valley. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your mayor, and I thank you for your support as we. Have a safe and happy holiday season.