Editor’s Note: This is the 19th in a series of articles published by The Apopka Voice in 2016 that were the most noteworthy events of the year. The Apopka Voice will publish them starting Monday, December 26th and running until Sunday, January 1st. On January, 2nd we will publish a poll and let the readers decide on which story is the most impactful of the year.
Mayor Joe Kilsheimer spoke this morning for approximately 35 minutes, laying out his accomplishments while in office and his vision for the future. The approximately 5,000-word State of the City address touched on several issues including business in Apopka, municipal government, public safety, city finances, grants, economic development, The City Center, The Highland Manor, growth, education, and even the environment.
"Now, on to the big question. What has Apopka accomplished in the past two years since I was elected Mayor?" Kilsheimer asked. "Well, let me tell you: We’ve been doing quite a lot. Some of those efforts have been high profile; others, perhaps are not quite so high profile, but nonetheless deeply vital for the future success of the City of Apopka. And in fact, “success” is the key word on which I’d like to focus. Because I believe that the task at hand – and my time in office – is about setting Apopka up for success. So, let’s start with the basics: The State of Our City is strong. We are creating a solid foundation to build a very successful future. Business is growing in Apopka, thanks to a growing economy, an expanding roadway network, our location in Central Florida, and a population of nearly 50,000 residents."
Kilsheimer detailed several examples of Apopka moving forward in business on his watch.
"That's a good beginning, but we are just getting started," said Kilsheimer. "Apopka is more than an ideal location for new and growing businesses. Home construction also is improving this year – up 16 percent from 2015 with 324 new single-family homes.
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