Addressing a record crowd Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Sheraton Suites Conference Center, Mayor Don L. Robart touted a successful year that included a bicentennial, balanced budget and businesses developments.

While many cities across the country are struggling financially, some on the brink of bankruptcy, Robart said, Cuyahoga Falls managed to realize a 4.5 percent increase in income taxes in 2012. Much credit must go to Sue Truby and her lean but aggressive Development Department, Robart told the 175 people attending the mayors annual State of the City address sponsored by the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce.

While the department itself may be lean, development in the city is on the rise. Robart outlined a number of commercial projects in the city including Acme Fresh Market #10s new expanded store on State Road that will provide 20 new jobs and mark a grand opening on May 1; the rebuilding and reopening of the Technicote factory on Marc Drive after a fire, retaining 40 jobs; the completion of a new building on Portage Trail, now the home of Pediatrics of Akron; the soon-to-open Bath Creek Estates; the relocation of Rubber City Harley-Davidson and 43 employees from Akron and Silicone Solutions and 14 employees from Twinsburg; and the opening of The Office Bistro in the Watermark building on South Front Street.

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