Bringing opportunities to east Gainesville

Published: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 3:41 p.m.
Gainesville is your city, and your vote is your voice. Ours is an incredibly diverse community, with tremendous opportunities and daunting challenges. Leading a city like ours demands insight, experience, knowledge and hard work.
As your mayor, I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the entire community, and am asking for your vote on March 6th to continue the work we've begun together.
When elected in 2004, I promised to prioritize bringing new opportunities to the eastside, to seek a sustainable energy solution for GRU, and to address our need for improved infrastructure and parks. We're making great progress.
The City recently purchased Kennedy Homes, a failed public housing project in Southeast Gainesville. After reaching out to adjacent neighbors, we're planning a brand new neighborhood with high quality homes. A new eastside Walmart Supercenter will open this year. We're also working to redevelop 16-plus acres for high technology businesses around the Kelly Power Plant, which will complement the Depot Park, the Technology Center (GTEC) on Hawthorne Road, and efforts underway on Waldo Road by the County and UF.
GRU is on an exciting path toward dramatically increasing energy conservation options for our customers, and is now evaluating 18 proposals to meet our future energy needs in an environmentally and economically viable way.
We have begun implementing the traffic management system, which will connect and synchronize every traffic signal throughout Alachua County.
Jointly funded by the City, County, UF and FDOT, we will see an improvement in traffic flow of 10-20 percent. We are constructing new roads, including a connector between Archer Road and the Main Post office, and rebuilding many other corridors.
The City is partnering with the School Board, using our lobbyist in Washington to seek funding for math and science education, adopting GHS to help boost student performance, and supporting Success by Six and childcare for the working poor.
During my tenure, the City opened the Cofrin Nature Park, the John Mahon Park, and added land to Bivens Arm Park. We've obtained a state grant to acquire a new park at 441 and NW 53rd Avenue, and funded numerous upcoming improvements to our active parks and pools.
Gainesville is fortunate to have a prevention-oriented police department, but we must remain vigilant. With an expansion to our police headquarters under way, as well as improved officer pay, GPD will continue to increase its effectiveness. Likewise, our fire resources must keep up with new challenges, so we have funded a new fire station in northwest Gainesville.
I'm honored to have received every endorsement in this election, including the African American Accountability Alliance, the Central Labor Council, the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council Committee, the Gainesville Firefighters, the Human Rights Council, the Suwannee-St. Johns Sierra Club, Women for Wise Growth, and the UF College Democrats. These groups represent a wide diversity of views, as does our citizenry. I am asking that you, too, will elect proven, positive leadership for Gainesville, and trust me with your vote on March 6.
Pegeen Hanrahan is running for re-election as mayor of Gainesville.

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