Hickory has a bright future.

The city is blessed with a great location, plentiful natural resources, good weather, affordable utilities, extensive infrastructure and low taxes.

But, the key to Hickory’s bright future is the people who love the community and are creating a vision to move our city forward. These people are elected leaders, congregations of faith, service clubs and civic groups.

Boost Hickory represented the City of Hickory’s comprehensive, well-researched and formal plan that highlighted efforts in the two-part bond referendum. The group’s original mission was getting the recent Hickory bonds referendum passed. And, voters did pass both bonds by a significant margin.

The group believed bonds could fund significant projects that would be a catalyst stimulating future growth. One bond will develop a new industrial park focused on future high-tech jobs. The other will improve our quality of life and make Hickory a more attractive place to live, work and raise a family.

Now, the bond oversight committee is advising city officials on how to spend those funds and keeping the public informed on those expenditures. The committee’s meetings are open to the public and their records and minutes are open records – as they should be.

The members are diverse but with a common goal of giving Hickory a bright future. And, they serve selflessly. We recently met three members. One is a senior statesman with more than 60 years of legal practice, another is a busy corporate executive and a third is a mom with four kids in school. All have busy schedules and all bring different experiences and expertise to the table. The uniting commonality is their love for Hickory and willingness to work hard to give it a bright future.

Of course, the final decision on how to invest the bond funds falls upon our elected officials. Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright and others are working hard to leverage our available bond funds to receive $22 million from the TIGER Discretionary Grant program (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery).

This newspaper’s role, which we take seriously, is to keep you informed. We also fully support efforts to create Hickory’s bright future and its application for the TIGER grant. After all, the newspaper is celebrating 100 years of service to Hickory and Catawba Valley and eagerly looks forward to our shared future.

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