|Dear Citizens of Livingston:
The major focus of the City officials and employees in 2011 was the completion of many important infrastructure projects and the development of a strategic plan to ensure the continuing growth of our area.
The Retail Analysis Merchandising Plan for the greater Livingston area, which was locally funded through the efforts of the Polk County Economic and Industrial Development Corporation, is complete. This study has helped us determine the retail trade potential for the area and will help us ensure that the future development in our area is consistent with existing market and economic factors. Catalyst Commercial, a consulting and marketing research firm, has started to approach key retailers and specific merchandising sectors identified in the study. Since we continue to receive inquiries for marketing data from groups interested in Livingston due to our location, low property taxes and low utility rates, we are hopeful that new commercial construction will increase in 2012, bringing with it new jobs, shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities for our residents.
The extreme drought and resulting wildfires across our state in 2011 were particularly hard on the local firefighters so I want to publicly commend the members of the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department for their continued dedication to the fire prevention and fire suppression efforts in our community. These individuals give willingly, sacrificing time with their families, to provide this extremely valuable service for the citizens of Livingston and the surrounding area.
I also appreciate the efforts of numerous youth organizations that work tirelessly to provide programming and maintenance for our baseball fields, softball fields, soccer fields, and rodeo arena and fairgrounds, thereby saving the citizens of our community many thousands of dollars each year. Additionally, we rely on the help of many community volunteers to plan and conduct special community events like the Easter Eggstravaganza, Main Street Garage Sale, Main Street Jubilee, Hometown Christmas, Jingle Bell Fun Run and lighted Christmas parade. These volunteers are instrumental in helping provide special events for our community.
Most importantly, I want to extend my very special thanks to the employees of our City who are committed to providing quality services for our citizens 365 days a year. They are truly a dedicated group of people who care deeply about our community and are eager to see Livingston grow and prosper. They work hard every day to make Livingston "a great place to call home."
Mayor of Livingston