Westerville 2012 State of the Community Address positions city for success

March 8, 2012 by  

The 2012 Westerville State of the Community Address held on February 27 positioned the city to forge ahead in the next year and face economic challenges and a few speed bumps along the way. Such was the theme for the address, which was held in the Municipal building located on 21 S. State Street.

After an introduction by Mike Heyeck, City Council Chairman for Westerville, prepared speeches and remarks were made by other city leaders. David Collingsworth, City Manager, focused on the city’s financial order, praising it for its triple-A credit rating. He went on to address economic development plans and projects within the city, including plans for the South State Street Corridor, the Hanby Train Depot and the Uptown Façade Improvement program.

The chairman of the board for the Chamber of Commerce, Scott Grotelueschen, encouraged businesses within the community, such as local advertising and print companies, as well as all other businesses to build connections with Chamber members and advance their businesses in the coming year. Janet Tressler-Davis, President and CEO of the Chamber, focused on keeping business local, stating that 79 percent of the city’s income was from local businesses. She encouraged all to support the local economy and call upon local businesses for any services or purchases. She stated that she hoped citizens always thinks of Westerville first when it comes to providing products or business services.

Other issues discussed in the State of the Community Address included the school district and Otterbein University.