Arlington, Tennessee: Mayor Mike Wissman.
What do you feel will be the biggest economic challenges for Arlington in 2012?
Continuing residential and commercial growth and stabilizing existing industries to provide jobs and prevent layoffs or downsizing.
What do you feel are Arlington's greatest assets in 2012?
Our small-town atmosphere, hospitality, and friendly people are our most valued assets. Our schools, churches, parks, and improved infrastructure all improve the quality of life for our citizens. Our location offers one of the most accessible communities, with Interstate 40, future Interstate I-269, Highway 70, and Highway 64 all providing easy and convenient approaches to and from our town. Arlington's low property taxes are certainly one of its greatest assets.
What is the outlook for Arlington in 2012?
The outlook for Arlington next year would be continued slow but stable growth in residential developments and retail industries.
What are your goals for economic growth for Arlington in 2012?
Our number one economic growth goal is to make sure that our school system continues to provide a quality education for all of our children by monitoring the current school consolidation process and voicing our concerns where and when necessary to protect our children. We plan to see a new Sonic Restaurant open on Airline Road and a state-of-the-art veterinary clinic and animal hospital on Highway 70. We plan to have the Milton Wilson Boulevard South roadway construction completed, which will open a very important commercial artery at Milton Wilson Boulevard and Airline Road.
How will you measure the success of these goals?
To measure the success of these goals, we will stay in touch with citizens, parents, and educators to measure and determine how school consolidation will impact the quality of education of our children. We will be prepared to put a Plan "B" in place should the citizens determine that we need our own municipal school system. We will continue to track our sales tax revenue and our business licenses to measure our economic growth, which determines the taxes available to provide services for our people.