We’re building community.
From Supervisor Edward M. Michalenko, Ph.D.
“Building community” matters most during times of challenge and change; throughout the challenges – and necessary changes – of 2020 the Town of DeWitt continued to build community with the projects, policies, and progressive ideas that support our tax base, enhance our quality of life, create economic development opportunities, and ensure our community continues to be a desirable place to live, learn, worship, work, shop, play, and do business.
Robust, profitable businesses not only support the strength of our tax base and the quality of our services, it also supports the value of our homes and the quality of life for our residents. In addition to our many “brick and mortar” businesses, our infrastructure and easy access to vital transportation routes means the Town of DeWitt also meets the demands of our rapidly changing labor and e-commerce marketplaces – the gig economy – supporting the mobility of workers and the proliferation of internet purchases with the dependable, rapid transportation routes our 21st century economy requires.
If parks, trails, and greenspaces are our “natural capital,” DeWitt enjoys a wealth of beautiful, natural spaces. Several parks, a robust trail system, greenspaces, and access to the Erie Canalway and the Empire State Trail are all available within the Town of DeWitt. Numerous studies have shown that parks and greenspaces improve the standard of living and quality of life for surrounding neighborhoods, provide increased recreational opportunities and public health improvements, increase property values, and help maintain a strong tax base.
Despite all the Town of DeWitt has to offer, it is people who are at the heart of “building community.” People who make the projects possible, who keep things running, who step up when the going gets tough, who choose to serve in elected office, who volunteer their time to support town projects, who donate their services, who maintain our greenspaces, and who work on the streets of our community and inside Town Hall. It is all of these people who are truly "the builders” of our community.
Our vital and varied residential neighborhoods, excellent town services, extensive parks and trails system, business-conducive climate, robust recreation programs, easy access to the Erie Canalway and Empire State Trail systems – and participation and leadership in progressive projects like Elevating Erie, the Widewaters Pond Project, Willis Carrier Park recreation facility, Inland Port, redevelopment of the Shoppingtown property, Zombie Homes Program, and the Town Solar Array – not only support the economic stability and well-being of DeWitt now, but are building the foundation of a thriving community for years to come.
Edward M. Michalenko, Ph.D., Town Supervisor