To Our Avon Residents:
Not too many years ago Avon had the distinction of being the greenhouse capital of the nation, with more acres under glass than any other area. Since the time that Avon was a farming community, we have grown and prospered and now we’re known as the fastest growing city in Ohio. Population has steadily increased, taking the largest jump between the Census of 2000 and the Census of 2010, when it grew from 11,446 to 21,193 residents. As our population grew, so did the demand for amenities and Avon came to be perceived as the “place to be”.
During the time I have been in office we have welcomed major industries, two medical facilities with emergency rooms, a wide variety of retail and restaurants, two car dealerships and opened a new interchange. The fact that we have three interchanges within our borders and are regarded as being business-friendly makes Avon very attractive to businesses looking for a new home.
All of our businesses bring income tax revenue to the city, which adds to our stable financial position and allows us to make the improvements and add the services necessary to keep pace with our growth. This benefits both residents and businesses. From 2011 to 2012, our income tax revenue increased by 13.7%.
The Cleveland Clinic has exceeded all expectations in the number of people served since opening their new state-of-the-art facility.
The two car dealerships that moved here, Firment Chevrolet and Joyce Buick, opened on Chester Road and have 100+ employees between them. Now you don’t even need to leave town to buy that new car or truck.
Construction of the interchange at Nagel Road was completed nine months earlier than originally anticipated and has greatly relieved the congestion at the Route 83 interchange. We will be continuing to make added improvements to the areas surrounding all three of our interchanges over the next couple of years.
We are continuously expanding our park facilities and programs. There were two recent land purchases. The first allowed us to add two new soccer fields at Schwartz Road Park. Our latest purchase will enlarge Veterans Park by 18.5 acres.
We continue to aggressively work on flood control issues by improving drainage in areas prone to high water and cleaning our waterways, especially French Creek.
The city constantly strives to maintain and improve upon the quality of life Avon offers. I feel this is a great place to live and work and I am proud to say that I am the fourth generation of my family to call this home.
As you know, I have decided it’s time to move on to the next phase of my life, so I will not be running for re-election in November. I hope I have served you well in my various positions since 1976. Before being elected as mayor in 1994, I had served on the school board and City Council. I want to thank everyone for their continued support during all my years as an elected official in the City of Avon.
James A. Smith
James A. Smith
City of Avon, Mayor