Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Despite the challenges and uncertainty of past weeks, I know the future holds great promise for our city. I know this, because I’ve been watching you. Watching and listening, and what I have seen and heard makes me proud to be your mayor.
I have seen residents leave signs and cards for their sanitation crews. I have seen children draw heartfelt, inspirational messages in chalk on driveways. I have seen restaurants converting their kitchens to feed the hungry, and regulars making an effort to support them in return with curbside and online orders. I have seen our police officers take it upon themselves to spread a little birthday cheer, and I have seen businesses and residents alike donating much needed supplies to our officers. I have seen an influx of cakes, pizzas and other lunchtime treats being dropped off for our hardworking staff in appreciation of their service. Neighbors are taking to social media to support and entertain one another, donations to food drives and relief funds are pouring in, and every day I am asked the question, "how can I help?”
Regardless of our skillset, we all have the ability to help others in some way. I’m reminded of a quote from President John F. Kennedy in his 1961 inaugural speech: “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” I see that very spirit of giving each day in the City of Norcross.
In addition to this rallying of the community, I have also had the privilege of seeing our incredible staff at work and have been following the progress of several projects which are still moving forward despite the current situation. Construction on our brand new, state-of-the-art library by Lillian Webb Park continues, along with developments like The Brunswick, Broadstone, The Kelly, Kennemore Manor, Mitchell Plaza, The Grove on N. Peachtree, Adam’s Vineyard, Seven Norcross and Social Fox Brewing. We have a solicitation out for the design of the Police Administration Building, and a new residential project on Buford Highway is under review along with progress on our Buford Highway Master plan. Improvements are still being made to roads and other infrastructure like the N. Peachtree Sidewalk project, and of course all of our day-to-day operations are still going on such as utility service, public works, parks maintenance, customer service, permit applications and more.
While we remain vigilant and have taken every precaution to stay socially distant and follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC for essential businesses, progress is still moving forward. WE are still moving forward.
There is still much to overcome, returning our businesses to their normal operations and supporting our families experiencing financial difficulties among them, but I know we will see the other side. When that day comes, we will watch our children head off to school, play on the sidewalks, and even share snacks and hugs. We will plan a date night at one of our restaurants and stroll between our favorite shops. And we’ll know that when it mattered most, we stepped up, we cared for one another, we did what was right and we endured.
So hang in there! This year marks the 150th anniversary of our city. With grace as our enabling power and American spirit as our fuel, we will see Norcross flourish for another 150 years!
Craig Newton, Mayor