Wednesday, January 23, 2002

'State of the city' is good, Mason residents learn today

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — City officials todayare expected to discuss Mason's financial health, coming road projects and public services during the first “state of the city” address.

        “The theme is that the services that the city provides are certainly helping our economic development, which is important to the balanced growth of our community,” Mayor John McCurley said.

        Mr. McCurley and City Manager Scot Lahrmer will speak at the event, which is free and open to the public. The program begins at 3 p.m. at the Manor House, 7440 Mason-Montgomery Road. A question-and-answer period will follow.

        Mr. Lahrmer plans to discuss how economic development, public services and quality of life go hand-in-hand. He also is expected to discuss in detail the city's “excellent financial health.”

        Nine new and expanding businesses brought 1,075 new jobs to Mason, generating more than $73 million in investment in 2001.

        “The city's attention is directed toward the attraction and expansion of high-tech companies, as well as a focus on corporate headquarter recruitment,” Economic Development Director Michele Blair said.

        Mr. Lahrmer also plans to discuss two major road projects for 2002: improving the intersection of Western Row and Snider roads, and improving U.S. 42 between Tylersville Road and Fifth Avenue.

        “The year 2002 is extremely important to us because we'll be finishing up some work that began in 2001 and embarking on new projects,” Mr. Lahrmer said.

        Controlled growth also is expected to be discussed.

        Mason, Ohio's second-fast-growing city, almost doubled its population since 1990 to 22,016.


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