“Optimistic, Vibrant, And Strong”
“The state of our city is optimistic, vibrant, and strong,” declared Woodstock, GA Mayor Michael Caldwell, in his state of the city address earlier this week.
Woodstock, a city of over 35,000 located in the Atlanta suburbs has been one of the fastest growing cities in the Peach State and consistently ranks among the best places to live in America.
Since Mayor Caldwell took office in 2022, Woodstock has made historic investments in public safety and parks, all without raising taxes. Crime rates are low, the city’s police department is fully staffed for the first time in ten years, and the city has become an economic engine. In 2023, new business licenses in Woodstock grew by nearly 20 percent and the Woodstock City Center is slated to open in 2025, bringing new commercial opportunities and jobs to the city.
Republican Mayors Leading The Way
A new downtown ambassador program was launched in Denton, TX to provide hospitality services, community assistance, and an added layer of safety. Championed by Mayor Gerard Hudspeth, ambassadors will bring a proactive approach, interacting with business owners and downtown visitors daily while executing a variety of different tasks.
The ambassadors will offer social service referrals for homeless individuals, remove litter and debris, safety patrol, and work events that occur downtown. The program will help keep the downtown area lively, clean, and safe for residents, workers, and visitors.
Mayors are on the forefront introducing innovative solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting communities. In Noblesville, IN, Mayor Chris Jensen is lobbying the state to take a mental health program he spearheaded statewide.
In 2020, Mayor Jensen partnered with the city police and fire departments to launch the NobleAct, a mental health crisis and substance abuse response program. Under the program, residents in need are connected with mental health police officers and paramedics, who provide them with services and divert them away from the criminal justice system.
Folsom, CA: Mayor Mike Kozlowski announced the opening of a research and development facility for Samsung Semiconductor Inc. The mayor noted, “This strategic move strengthens Folsom’s position as a city of choice for businesses and allows the city to harness local talent, fueling innovation in the semiconductor industry.”
Plainfield, IL: Mayor John Argoudelis announced that Woodman’s Market selected the city as the site of their next store. The proposed store is slated to create 200 temporary jobs and another 200 permanent jobs.
Mount Olive, NJ: Mayor Joe Nicastro recently held a jobs fair that connected residents with over a dozen local businesses.
Plano, TX: Mayor John Muns credited the region’s “reputation as one of the most dynamic and thriving centers for research and innovation,” as a factor for Swedish security company Assa Abloy Global Solutions decision to relocate their North American headquarters to Plano. The Swedish security company will be relocating from New Haven, CT and hire 350 employees over the next 10 years.