Santini told a sold-out crowd that the city has been committed to its mission of providing dependable service while preserving quality of life for its citizens.
The mayor said the city’s motto — Be charmed. Be prosperous. Belong. — has helped drive efforts to improve the community for those who live in Cartersville, do business in the area and those who pass through as visitors.
“There are many great things about our community that make a great first impression and also a lasting impression,” Santini said.
Santini said the addition of a new public safety headquarters, a new fire station and the recently completed Main Street Gateway project are benefits to the city’s improvement efforts.
He also said the recycling program implemented in 2012 has been a success, with about 1,600 participants who divert 7 percent of the city’s household trash from the Bartow County Landfill.
Santini also said a $300,000 grant allowed the city to upgrade lighting in some of its facilities, which saves about $30,000 a year.
In addition to the services it provides, Santini said the city has much to be proud of in what it offers the community.
The city’s area museums, which include the Booth Western Art Museum, Tellus Science Museum and the Bartow History Museum, have attracted about 1.3 million visitors, Santini said.
The conference center has brought in 180,000 visitors; last year alone there were 60,000 he said.
Santini said the economic impact of those visitors is some $2.8 million.
Santini also highlighted the accomplishments of the city’s school system, noting in particular Cartersville High School and its silver ranking by U.S. News and World Report.
“Schools are an important part of the city of Cartersville,” Santini said. “We all know that a strong school system and a quality education is an important part of economic development.”
Santini said the city’s “thriving” downtown district has helped attract new businesses as well as sustain established ones.
He said community programs such as the Citizens Academy and the Habitat Program, which is partnered with Habitat for Humanity, have been successful and give a sense of belonging to citizens.
Santini said the city continues to build upon its success.
“Cartersville continues to be a place where you can be charmed, be prosperous and belong,” Santini said.
Parnick Jennings, who is part of the committee that organized the luncheon, said the plan is to have the event every quarter to inform the community about what goes on in Bartow County.
Commissioner Steve Taylor will give a state of the county address at the planned quarterly luncheon in August.