Longview mayor: City must sustain momentum

Longview mayor: City must sustain momentum
Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 9:01am

A new Longview has taken shape all across town, Mayor Jay Dean said Wednesday.

He encouraged local business leaders to continue that momentum, but how he will serve the city after the May 12 municipal election remains a mystery.

Dean has yet to announce whether he will seek a third term as mayor. He concluded his State of the City address at Pinecrest Country Club on Wednesday by telling a crowd of about 220 Longview Chamber of Commerce members, “I look forward to continuing to serve this community for many years to come. Thank you, God bless you and God bless Longview.”

When asked whether he will seek another term, Dean replied, “That’s something we’re deliberating. I can serve another term, if the voters so choose.”

Dean’s address Wednesday centered not on his political plans but on the city’s crescendo of momentum economically and visually. He began his talk by looking at the city’s history from its railroad-reliant days — a history in which the city was often rebuilding, recreating and enhancing itself.

“Every so often, you see the city renewing itself. It is sometimes due to some strategic planning vision, and sometimes through the entrepreneurial spirit of the community,” Dean said. “Since 2005, one of the main focuses of the City Council has been how do we continue to make Longview the regional hub for East Texas. How do we bring people into our community to utilize our services, our facilities in order for us to continue to grow our tax base, and by doing so, helping us to reduce pressure on the property taxpayers? I think you’ve seen that.”

New schools, new churches, new walking trails, new medical facilities, new subdivisions, new streets — Dean addressed them all in his 20-minute talk.

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