Although Clayton county was in the midst of a transition period on many levels last year, 2010 shows promise.
After cleaning our political house in 2008, voters appear to have made some good choices as we now have a well-functioning Board of Education, sheriff’s department, solicitor general and district attorney’s office.
Clayton County Public Schools regained accreditation just in time for graduation, and the last of the old BOE regime was replaced with new superintendent Edmond Heatley. Representative Michael Glanton is also working to bring statewide and national attention to the county’s first elementary level school of the arts to be housed at Jonesboro’s Jackson Elementary.
The Clayton County Water Authority continues to collect “water smart” accolades.
As per former Police Chief Jeff Turner, crime is down over seven percent and the homicide rate is down fifty percent, which is always welcome news. Solicitation of donations was banned on all county roads and highways.
Old Towne Morrow debuted and is already a unique addition, which can only improve with time.
Historic Rex Village could be restored, and an evaluation committee is being formed to determine its economic impact. “This area has a lot of local history, and it was recently discovered that First Lady Michelle Obama has ties to the area,” adds District 1 Commissioner Sonna Singleton. The Ellenwood area added jobs and revenue to Clayton’s coffers via QT Kitchens which brought in 227 jobs this year, and in 2010 will get more jobs via a new Food Lion grocery store and Plaza opening up, and US Express will hire more employees.
On the health care front, Clayton County’s Alzheimer’s Support Services received $350,000 to expand their facilities scheduled to open in either February or early April.
Billed on its Web site as “…the first comprehensive airline industry museum in the United States”, The National Museum of Commercial Aviation is gaining a following after being open for almost two years, and has several new exhibits in the works. ”I will be working to acquire a permanent location and property for the Museum, in addition to gaining a Official National Designation through the U.S. Congress,” adds Glanton. “We had so many great things happen in Clayton County in 2009 and I am excited about the possibilites for 2010!”
Individually these things might appear insignificant. But combined, they assist in making Clayton’s future brighter and stronger, hopefully along with more economic development. What have I missed? What other great things can we expect in 2010?
Have a blessed 2010 Clayton!