Dothan, AL (WSFA) – Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz remains optimistic about what 2010 holds for the city.
"It looks like it's going to be a better year," he said, "But still a tough year."
He also says the new year brings new challenges for city leaders.
Schmitz said, "We have a sewage plant to build, we have the lawsuit with the EPA, and we have a landfill issue we're going to have to make some pretty big decisions about."
City projects still ongoing include the library renovation, downtown revitalization, and of course the budget, but job creation is still his top priority.
He said, "As mayor, I need to do everything I can to create some jobs in Dothan."
Local job forecasters say the outlook is promising.
According to a first quarter employment outlook survey, employers are now looking to hire folks for the first time in several months."
"That is a very good sign," Manpower Branch Manager said, "It's a good sign the economy is making a recovery."
Manpower, a national staffing firm, conducts quarterly surveys with employers.
Cain says she's already seeing the beginnings of a workforce expansion in the Circle City.
She said, "There are new companies that are anticipating coming to Dothan. I just got off the phone with one today that is coming to town doing some interviewing next week."
She says there's no doubt 2010 has a brighter economic outlook than 2009.
Something Mayor Schmitz finds encouraging.
"I hope everyone will look forward to what we can do," he said.
He says his vision for the city is a community partnership in the new year—folks working together to achieve the city's goals.
The next project for city leaders is the review of the City Manager's contract.
The mayor expects a decision to be made in the next 4-5 weeks.