2020 has been a year that will certainly go down in history for many reasons (the least of which was the unprecedented use of the word “unprecedented”). Although we may ready to say “goodbye and good riddance” to a year that was fraught with multiple challenges, there were many bright spots that shone through in our city.
Our residents, businesses and community organizations came together to support one another and help those in need, demonstrating a strength and resiliency that have become hallmarks of Gahanna. Despite shutdowns and budget reductions, our city team was able to accomplish many projects that moved the needle forward to create a strong foundation for both the short-term and long-term success of the City. We completed the largest street program in our City’s history, launched an extensive sewer analysis project, devised new ways to offer recreational programming and events that could be enjoyed safely, implemented a new outdoor refreshment area that helped to support local businesses, and distributed nearly $900,000 in CARES funds to residents and businesses in our community who needed financial support.
In 2021, we will continue the focus on rebuilding our community so that we remain a vibrant and vital city within the Central Ohio landscape. This past year has taught us something about “best laid plans,” and we can never know for certain what may be in store in the new year. However, I have seen firsthand what our city can accomplish together in the worst of circumstances, and because of that, I have great confidence that, by working together, we will be able to handle whatever 2021 may bring.
~Laurie Jadwin, Gahanna Mayor