2017 was a big year for Mayor Glenn Elliott and the City of Wheeling. Since the mayor’s first State of the City, a lot has been accomplished.
One of his biggest accomplishments came from council saving the Center Wheeling parking garage through the tax increment financing district, which is also changing the perspectives on downtown properties from liabilities to opportunities.
“Just about everyday I get a call, an email about a developer looking at properties in the city of Wheeling,” said Elliott.
On Tuesday, the mayor says he will highlight fixing infrastructure, the MEC coming to Wheeling, the impact of the proposed Belmont County Ethane Cracker, and his goal’s to make Wheeling’s waterfront a destination.
“Get in their cars and drive to Wheeling Heritage Port and spend the day there, because there’s stuff going on all the time, and not just people in their cars but people in their boats. As someone who lives downtown, I see boats coming up and down the river all summer long and they almost never stop at Heritage Port,” said Elliott.
Another highlight: in 2019, Wheeling will celebrate 250 years.
“So expect to see a lot of ideas of going into next year of how we can take stock of where we’ve come, look at where it’s brought us, and then see the opportunities drawing from that history,” Elliott said.
Mayor Elliott calls his position the highlight of his adult life, and although he’s proud of the improvements this year, he knows there’s still so much more to be done.
“To move away come back to my hometown 10 years ago, get involved in the community, end up running for office, be elected mayor, and serve with a great city council, I have some great folks on my city council who are really all pulling their own weight in their own ways. And to get to serve with these folks, you know serve the communities in this time in the city’s history is just a tremendous honor,” said Elliott.
The State of the City is next Tuesday, March 13th at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack.