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Danville's Mayor says city is "strong and getting better"

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Danville is "strong and getting better," according to Mayor Sherman Saunders.

During his annual state of the city address Wednesday, Saunders cited four areas contributing to the city's economic revival:

  • The city's efforts to create economic opportunities
  • Eliminating blight
  • Improving public safety
  • Managing costs

"We've weathered the storm of a recession that started nearly five years ago, making tough choices in order to maintain stable finances, a low tax rate and low utility rates for our customers," Saunders said. "Our staff works hard to look for ways to improve efficiency while maintaining the quality services we're accustomed to enjoying."

The mayor also said he is confident that the city will be able to meet its future challenges.

Saunders listed future top priorities as:

  • Economic development
  • Blight eradication
  • Public safety

"Our economic development team works hard to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses thrive, and our City Council continues to be a big supporter of this effort," Saunders said. "I'd dare say that many communities our size and larger would be envious of Danville's recent successes."

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