The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 2, 2014

Editorial: The year 2014 will be interesting to watch

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The year 2014 still is in its infancy, but the new year promises to be an interesting one to watch.

Before we sing “Auld Lang Syne” and the ball drops a dozen months from now, we’ll be getting a new city manager.

Eric Benson will end his tenure as Enid’s top public employee at the end of this year. He announced his intentions last August.

The city commission has several months to recruit and hire a suitable replacement to build on Enid’s momentum. Will it be a national search casting a broad net, or will the hunt have more of a regional or local flair?

Besides this vital search process, we’ll be monitoring the continuation of property acquisition in the Enid Renaissance Project, which was voted last year’s top story by News & Eagle staff members.

Enid continues to look strategically at its future water needs. We anticipate a decision about long-term plans for Enid’s water supply.

We’ll continue to benefit from a synergy with Koch’s Nitrogen’s $1 billion expansion, along with Northstar Agri Industries building a $200 million canola processing plant here.

These developments, along with some unexpected surprises, will be intriguing to follow throughout 2014.