The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

March 8, 2013

Here are some positive reasons to be proud of Enid

ENID, Okla. — Enid has many reasons to be proud, from its bustling downtown development to its improving schools.

Revenue, jobs and private investment are on the rise; city costs and crime are down. And that’s something to brag about.

That was the message from Mayor Bill Shewey at the March 4 State of the City at the newly renovated Convention Hall.

“While many cities are still struggling to match the productivity they had reached years ago, our economy is performing extremely well,” Shewey said.

Excuse us while we boast. Shewey’s snapshot of accomplishments included the $200 million canola plant project, Monster.com successfully attracting employees for new jobs, retail sales increasing 10 to 12 percent over last year and a $400 million wind energy development project north of Enid.

The exciting Enid Event Center is scheduled to open in June. The jewel in the crown will be construction of a privately owned downtown hotel project estimated at $14 million.

And did we mention Enid’s recognition by CNN and Money Magazine as one of the top 10 small cities in America for affordable housing in 2012?

Enid serves as the economic, social, medical, political and educational hub of Northwest Oklahoma.

It’s the largest retail trade center in the area, serving a customer base of more than 150,000 people.

“The state of the city is strong,” Shewey said. “We have money in the bank, we are paying our bills, we continue to make investments into the community to strengthen our position to attract industry.

School enrollment is up as new schools are being built. The landscape of downtown Enid is changing.

“In the grand scheme of our city’s timeline, these are new events. But with each passing year, the generation that made these things happen — and that generation is you — must realize that we are only setting the stage for greater things to come.”

Sure, we have some things to fix. Let’s continue to build Enid’s momentum, moving forward with a stronger and more vibrant future.

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