It’s nice to have more than 400 people show up when you have something to say.

It’s also understandable that we have such an impressive turnout for the annual State of the Town Address every year. Our business owners and residents care about the community, the event is at the incredible Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and the town always has an optimistic message to share.

The town appreciates the tireless work put in by the Marana Chamber of Commerce to host the event. President/CEO Ed Stolmaker and his staff spend months planning the luncheon and the results are evident. The event annually sells out thanks to the Chamber’s active membership and opportunities for networking before, during and after the luncheon.

I was honored to have the opportunity to update attendees about our town’s accomplishments and goals last Friday. In the process, we rolled out a new branding campaign, Your Town, that shows Marana is a place anyone can call home. All the work on the program is being performed in-house using our communications and marketing team. The town council and I are happy with the direction and look forward to seeing results as the campaign reaches an ever-growing audience.

My State of the Town message was framed around our Strategic Plan, which is undergoing a second update since its inception five years ago. Most decisions we make are done with the plan in mind. It’s an outstanding tool that places our town in a solid position to achieve success.

There are always plenty of things to discuss when you’re talking about Marana. Upcoming projects such as the Marana River Heritage Park, the Marana Center at I-10 and Twin Peaks Road, plans to cultivate a tourism program and providing even more places for recreational opportunities will make our community even more attractive for current and future businesses and families.

Our budget is balanced, we have a healthy reserve account in place, our roads and infrastructure are in excellent condition, we have great parks and trails and our police are among the best anywhere. The Town of Marana is going in the right direction.

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s State of the Town, please plan to join us next spring. I promise you’ll have a great time and leave feeling even more confident about doing business or living in Marana. After all, this is Your Town.

(Editor’s Note: Ed Honea is the mayor of Marana.)

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