The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

January 1, 2014

Outlook bright for city, county

— There was plenty of positive news for Hunt County and Greenville in 2013, much of it economic.

While recent manufacturing losses, including Rubbermaid, indicated the local economy was struggling, multiple businesses announced in 2013 they were opening their doors soon. Fritz Industries and International Grains & Cereal plan to open manufacturing facilities in Greenville that will combine to create approximately 300 jobs.

Additionally, the city of Greenville came to an agreement with Splash Kingdom to open a water park in 2014 as part of the Greenville Towne Center. The Walton Development and the city also entered into an agreement that will establish a multi-use community just west of Greenville. Add to that the resolution of the dispute between L-3 Mission Integration and the city of Greenville, and the local economic climate is certainly warming up.

2014 will hopefully see many of the promises made last year fulfilled. As the developments begin, local jobs are created, and work continues on city infrastructure, Greenville is steadily moving toward greater economic growth.

And 2014 won’t just be about economic changes. Another election cycle is just around the corner, and local voters will have the opportunity to elect individuals who will have a tremendous impact on our county and cities for the next two-to-four years, including county judge and district judge. Recent elections on both the city and county level have garnered extremely low voter turnout.

There is a responsibility that we have to initiate these positive changes in our community, however. Local businesses don’t flourish if no one applies to work there or purchases goods or services from them.

Politicians are only held accountable when an informed constituency is engaged in the day-to-day actions of local government. Positive change in Greenville and Hunt County cannot be achieved through inaction.

2014 has all the makings of a great year for Greenville and Hunt County. Let’s do our part to make that happen.

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