Next Tuesday, January 28th, will mark what may be the most important “State of the City” address in Mayor Brian Wyndham’s career.
It is that important because it will illustrate what many of us have seen happening over the past decade or so: Improvements to the City of Brazil.
The City is changing, that is for sure. We have seen U.S. 40, National Road, drastically improved, along with the downtown sidewalks. Other streets in the city have been improved. Where there used to be flooding after nearly every rain event, we now have (mostly) dry streets, industries are growing; in short, our city leaders have brought us into the 21st century.
When I first moved to Brazil in 2001, we had a close friend who told us, “My parents used to visit people in Brazil when we were children. Brazil is a nice town.”
That lady has passed away but I could tell her, “It is still a nice town!”
The difference is, we can be more proud of what the city has to offer. Yes, it looks cleaner, sharper, more beautiful, and that will only continue to improve when the new storefronts are in place downtown.
Instead of bemoaning the loss of the clay and coal industries, we can look to the future.
Great Dane, Timberland, PPG and other companies plan expansions here. they are investing millions of dollars in Clay County, bringing new jobs and plans are being made to teach our local workers how to do those high tech jobs, in conjunction with Clay Community Schools. So, once again our teenagers won’t have to leave home to make a good living.
I, for one, feel very confident in the future of our community. I haven’t always felt that way but this is a new decade in a new century.
We look forward with great anticipation to Mayor Brian Wyndham’s presentation at noon, January 28th, at the YMCA. Everyone is invited. We hope you will plan to attend. If you would like to eat lunch, the cost is $10 and reservations need to be made through the Chamber of Commerce office. If you just want to see what is going on, stop by the Y next Tuesday at noon. There is no charge for admission.