The Town of Oro Valley has made great strides to interact with neighbors in the region and collaborate across jurisdictional boundaries; however, we also understand that the strength of our local economy begins in our own backyards.

To that end, the organization has reached out to local businesses, organizations, and individuals, strengthening long-standing relationships and fostering new ones. We have been, and will continue to be, intentional in our collaboration, working with our local partners for the betterment of our community.

The recent creation of the Conceptual Design Review Board is a tremendous example of the type of deliberate, local action the town has taken to improve community collaboration and streamline the design/construction process for increased efficiency. The town has also been working with members of the community to develop programs that will meet the needs of our residents while increasing patronage at local businesses.

In June 2011, I issued a proclamation for the establishment of a Veterans Support Initiative. As part of this initiative, we are reaching out to businesses and membership organizations to develop opportunities and discounts for the men and women who have served in the military.

As residents, your decisions to shop locally – ensuring that those dollars stay in our community — are fundamental to the growth of our local economy. We understood the value of this concept when we launched Shop Oro Valley in 2008.

This fall, we will announce a new “buy local” campaign designed to provide unique benefits to shoppers while supporting area businesses. This is one of the many ways in which we can be intentional about acting locally. Details on this new program are coming soon.

Despite the economic challenges we face as a nation, this is a time of excitement and innovation for the Town of Oro Valley. On Oct. 6, when I give the annual State of the Town Address, I will share more details on the partnerships we’re developing and the strategic measures we are taking to grow our local economy so that Oro Valley remains a Community of Excellence.

Dr. Satish I. Hiremath is mayor of the Town of Oro Valley.

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