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A Message from the Mayor - Fall 2017

Post Date:09/14/2017 12:14 PM

AbouAssaly, NickIt's a great time to be in Marion!

This summer we’ve had the opportunity to enjoy a number of free community events at the Klopfenstein Amphitheater. In addition to moonlit movies and weekly sunrise yoga, the venue has featured a Johnny Cash tribute band, dueling pianos, a hypnotist and magician and other live performances to entertain audiences of all ages. This enhanced programming at our one-of-a-kind performance venue led to Marion being recognized by the Iowa League of Cities as one of only three All Star Communities in the state.  Congratulations, Marion!  I will proudly accept the award on behalf of our community at the end of September.   

This award is one example of the recognition Marion is receiving for many positive things taking place in our city.  At a recent city council meeting a representative of the City’s bond counsel informed us that Marion has once again earned an AA1 credit rating from Moody’s Corporation. Only a handful of Iowa cities enjoy this high rating, which is an endorsement of our city’s sound fiscal management and strong financial state. We have maintained this high rating while managing the city’s rapid growth and investing in new infrastructure and amenities. 

Across the community, many projects and developments are improving the city’s curb appeal, adding new amenities and contributing to the quality of life we all enjoy.  One example is the historic Uptown Marion where we’re seeing significant private investment in building restoration and new businesses. The Uptown Artway is now open for our enjoyment and most of the empty storefronts have been filled!  A number of new shops, pubs and restaurants have recently opened or are currently in the works. I encourage everyone to support these and all our local Marion businesses.

Thank you to all who provided input through this year’s citizen survey. I’m encouraged to see that 93 percent of our residents gave high marks to the quality of life our city provides! Even if you didn’t participate in the survey, your input is always welcome and encouraged.

Contact city council members and staff via email or phone. We also invite you to visit with city council members during weekly office hours at the Marion Public Library every Saturday morning.  And I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the meetings in the wards.  These quarterly meetings give you an opportunity to interact in an informal setting with City Council members and staff to ask questions and learn about what is happening in the city. Our next Ward Meeting will be in Ward 3, September 13, 5:30 p.m. in the community room at Hills Bank & Trust. 

Finally, I hope to see many of you at the Swamp Fox Festival. This year’s festival offers something for everyone, with an expanded schedule and new events.

Keep reaching higher!

Nicolas AbouAssaly, Mayor
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