by Craig H. McFarland, Mayor, City of Casa Grande
Each of us believe we have a good idea about what things might be like after the COVID virus . . . but do we? It has changed our lives, some for the good, some for the bad. What is the “New Normal?”
It’s how we react and what we do next that will define us!
Everyone’s actions over the past months has been commendable. But even with this great effort, our infection rates continue to rise. Testing is up as we get more people back to work. We have cautiously opened shops like our restaurants and bars, beauty salons, nail shops, spas, barber shops and gyms. We must, however, continue to be vigilant about wearing face coverings, hand washing, physical distancing and sanitizing.
Our economy is stronger than most because Casa Grande has manufacturing, technology center and distribution facilities. Our new housing permits are up 89% over last year. Casa Grande is fortunate to have these economic engines in our industrial corridor and connections to transportation infrastructure such as Union Pacific Railroad, I-10, and I-8.
So, during the holidays be thankful, show each other grace and kindness and remember to shop and eat local. Supporting our local businesses will go a long way to helping them keep their doors open.
Be strong Casa Grande . . . be SMART.