Cleveland's quality continues to grow
by Paisley Boston
Dec 30, 2013 | 2131 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland Mayor Billy Nowell said that he has to occasionally pinch himself whenever he thinks about some of the upcoming events for 2014.

"I think about ways to improve Cleveland all the time and sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night just thinking about it. I think about the potential of Delta State University and the outstanding leadership that we are going to have from Bill LaForge," said Nowell

Nowell said that he believes one of Cleveland's most viable resources in the forthcoming year is the Grammy Museum.

"The city of Cleveland is on the brink of really big things for the upcoming year," said Nowell, as he seemed to cheerfully ponder.

Nowell said that the Grammy Museum will promote economic growth and he is working to ensure that when guests visit Cleveland, they will be well accommodated.

"The Grammy Museum is well underway and it is going to be one of the biggest things to ever happen in the city of Cleveland. The (Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce) has a committee that is currently discussing the possibility of building some new hotels, sidewalks and different things that will enhance the Grammy Museum," he said.

"The extension of the runway will also be a big help for jets coming into Cleveland," he added.

Nowell said Cleveland is sustainable because of its strong partnership with Delta State University and its industry.

"The city of Cleveland has a wonderful relationship with Delta State – I don’t think that it could be any better than what it already is," he said.

"LaForge and I were best friends in high school and in college. We meet often and discuss improvements for both the city and the university," added Nowell.

"The reason that we have the quality of life that we have in Cleveland is because of our strong facets. We have a very strong industry and our downtown area is very viable. I think that we have a strong, strong economy," he added.

Although Nowell expressed high admiration about the Grammy Museum, he also said that the city is set to expand upon its recycling initiative by working closely with DSU and he plans to implement some much-needed repairs.

"We have several water and sewer projects that we plan to do a lot of work on during this upcoming year. We are having more building permits than ever," he said.

"When I drove around this morning (Friday), I saw concrete being poured for a house and there are probably six to eight other houses being built right now – these are things that we have not seen in years around here," he added.