by Mayor Tammy

This week is Thanksgiving a time to reflect on all the things we are thankful for. That is so easy to do sitting here at my desk! I can think of many reasons I’m thankful to call Meridian home - #MyMeridian. We get to live in a community that is recognized as one of the top places to live in the nation! I don’t know if you realize this, but recently we were named

among the Top 5 Cities in the Nation from 24/7 Wall Street, the Top 10 in the Nation for Economic Growth (2nd amongst Small Cities) according to Wallethub.com, one of the safest cities in Idaho by SafeWise, and Meridian earned the title for Happiest Renters from AparmentAdvisor.com.

The word is out, and while part of me wants to keep it a secret, we can’t help it when the nation notices that our economy, our safe community and our home is one of the best!

Meridian just keeps getting better - recently our community welcomed even more opportunities for family fun! Wahooz just opened a brand new addition that only enriches the experience for families. And this past week, the City of Meridian opened the new Tully Park Outdoor Gym to give families a place to get healthy together, in the outdoors. It’s a special project that was lead entirely by our youth in the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council – showing them that they can make an impact and leave a legacy in our community.

When it comes to economic development we have a lot to be thankful for. Businesses are expanding in our community and/or moving here! Brighton Corp and AmeriBen are building corporate headquarters off the Ten Mile I-84 exit. The plans for that area are huge – combining residential, business and entertainment developments. I look forward to sharing more with you during my State of the City address in February!

In Downtown Meridian we’ve welcomed new businesses, including Blue Sky Bagels – located just down Idaho from Frankie’s Java, to add to the many selections opening in the area. Recently, downtown was recognized by Idaho Smart Growth – earning a Redevelopment Award for “placemaking” efforts to create a sense of community along Idaho Avenue.

We also live in a safe community – consistently one of the safest in Idaho. I’m grateful for the service of our Meridian Police and Firefighters who work hard to make sure we remain that way.

I am a Mayor who certainly has a lot to be thankful for – but aside from all of this – I am mostly thankful for our people. I know I say it all of the time but I can’t stress enough that a strong community is the direct result of the people and businesses who call it home. I’m thankful for all of you!

Have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving – filled with family, friends, and good food! Meridian City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the holiday but we will be back in full force the next week – preparing for our Christmas in Meridian festivities Dec. 1-3, with the Winter Lights Parade and Tree Lighting scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30pm.

I look forward to seeing you at these events and other functions in our wonderful community!

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