While the city has had recent business successes, including the January opening of Walmart and construction of a new fulfillment center for Amazon.com under way, Patterson cannot remain complacent, Molina said.
“We have seen firsthand what we can yield if we are prepared with shovel-ready project areas, and to partner with organizations and individuals who can help highlight Patterson as a great place to do business,” he said. “We need to continue strengthening our relationship with existing businesses and continue to demonstrate why it is a good business decision to stay in Patterson.”
Molina said the city has taken action to encourage more future business growth.
“The City Council took steps to provide for the future industrial and commercial growth of the city with the approval of the Arambel Business Park and the KDN Retail Center,” he said. “These projects will allow the city to continue the recent success it has seen in attracting economically diverse, high-quality, job-creating businesses and providing goods and services to the residents of the community.”
He called on community members to work better together.
“Our approach should be building stronger relationships with our neighbors, our businesses, our churches, our schools, elected officials at all levels and find common ground for all of us to prosper,” he said.
The mayor also announced a series of town meetings would facilitate such a conversation, though he said the dates and times would be announced at a later date.
“It is up to us, as a community, to take advantage of the opportunity we have to build on the challenges we have overcome and to celebrate the accomplishments by our city staff, community and council,” Molina said.
Throughout his address, Molina highlighted accomplishments that were forwarded to him by the heads of each city department, including infrastructure projects like the Highway 33 and M Street intersection and Patterson Fire Station No. 1 roof repairs.
He also touched briefly on public safety, discussing a report from Patterson Fire Department Chief Steve Hall regarding fire promotions including three new engineers and four captains, filling two other captain positions and hiring a fire prevention specialist.
Molina also said the community was more aware of crime in its midst, pointing out that the county’s Crime Stoppers line received more calls from city residents line. He also described the city’s participation in the August National Night Out as a success.
Molina called on residents and leaders to focus on the assets of Patterson, not its deficiencies.
“We need to focus on what is right with our community and not the negative,” he said. “This will only be accomplished through an open and honest communication, respect and trust as we get to know each other better and act together on our own behalf.”
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