Achievements and plans for growth were on the agenda on Monday in Aiken.
Aiken residents crowded into the AECOM Center as Mayor Rick Osbon addressed some of the milestones and development plans to continue moving the city forward.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m privileged and honored to say I’m the Mayor of the Best Small Town in the South,” said Osbon.
The event kicked off by highlighting a few people he believes make the city the best place to live.
The citizens heard about several projects up for improvement including, parks and recreation, city development and the announcement of the new public safety building opening in March.
“City taxpayers are getting among the finest law enforcement facilities in the region for a fraction of the cost,” explained Osbon.
Aiken’s Mayor says the city is also seeing more people moving to the area, and more businesses opening.
“The City of Aiken led all areas and municipalities in Aiken County by a very wide margin with more than $2 billion in gross revenue reported by license holders to the City,” said Osbon.
People told NewsChannel 6 reporter Devin Johnson, they are excited about the future of the Aiken.
“It is a wonderful place to live,” explained The Aiken Award Winner, Anne Campbell. “That’s got to say what they are saying is true.”
“I thought it was very interesting,” said Kenith Corley. “The progress they are making in the city of Aiken, you can see it.”
One thing that wasn’t in the speech was the recent outbreak of hepatitis.
“Once they recognized the outbreak, they would have notified everyone,” said Corley.
“I was very proud of this city and the businesses that came together to address the issue proactively,” explained John Massie. “A lot of the times it’s impossible to prevent something happening like that.”
Mayor Rick Osbon adds they have a new local developer that is going build the old hospital into a hotel and convention center.
Photojournalist: Antony Sherrod