By DANIEL SANCHEZ
Mayor of Fremont
The City of Fremont continues to build momentum as we look toward a brighter future. Several projects both public and private will get underway in 2018, including the removal of the Ballville Dam, continued development along State Route 53 and several street resurfacing projects just to name a few. As I have previously stated, Fremont is experiencing significant revitalization in our downtown and adding to the continued excitement is the multimillion dollar investment WSOS has made to rehab an old department store for the purpose of centralizing their operations. I am confident this investment will only add to the growth of Fremont.
In addition, the City has spent the past eight months partnering with the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation, Terra State Community College and Vanguard Career Center completing several business retention and expansion visits with our local manufacturers. We look forward to continuing these visits to our local manufacturers, offering any assistance to them in order to help their businesses be successful. These visits have helped to establish good working relationships and convey to these manufacturers the City of Fremont is supportive of them. In addition, we have learned many of these manufacturers are growing and in need of a workforce capable of helping them to reach their expansion goals.
The City of Fremont is experiencing change and I believe these changes are necessary for the long-term viability of Fremont. My administration’s ability to work jointly with others is helping lead us to exciting projects in Fremont. The construction of new schools, renovation at Promedica Memorial Hospital and construction of dorms at Terra State Community College are some of the reinvestments taking place by some of our anchor institutions.
As 2018 moves along, I am committed to economic growth and for this reason, my administration is writing an economic development plan. The focus of this plan is to identify measurable goals and establish a vision for the City. It is our plan to have 5- and 10-year goals in areas such as manufacturing, commercial development, housing, education, healthcare and beautification. The one phrase routinely discussed with economic development is quality of life. Work, live, shop and play are common terms used to describe quality of life. These are key components to having successful economic development. We’ll be having public meetings to gather input from the community on April 12th, 13th & 14th on the campus of Terra State Community College in the Student Activity Center. More information regarding these public input meetings can be found on our City’s website at www.fremontohio.org.
I am committed to improving the quality of life here in the City of Fremont. Improvements have begun and more is to come. I am thankful for the commitment so many people have made to help make the positive changes happen. The success of our community depends on everyone’s willingness to get involved and help. Together, We Can!