Dublin Villager

State of the City

Successful 2013 gives way to a year of many projects

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Dublin looked back on a successful 2013 and towards a 2014 full of projects at last week's State of the City address.

Officials celebrated accomplishments and looked forward to hard work at the annual event held March 6 in the conference center at Wendy's headquarters.

City Manager Marsha Grigsby highlighted three major accomplishments in 2013: securing funding for the Interstate-270/U.S. Route 33 interchange improvements, the completion of several infrastructure projects and the Presidents Cup that brought a $22 million economic impact to central Ohio.

"At the end of the day we created an event that the PGA will replicate in the future," Dan Sullivan, Memorial Tournament director said of Dublin's Presidents Cup hosting effort.

Dublin Finance Director Angel Mumma looked at a financially successful 2013 that brought in $173.7 million in revenue, a 3-percent increase over 2012.

Income tax withholdings, the main source of funding for Dublin, also increased in 2013 by 8.8 percent Mumma said.

In 2013, Mumma said, Dublin invested $3.6 million in economic development agreements to retain or bring new business to the city, but collected $20.5 million in income tax withholdings from those companies.

But the state of the city didn't focus solely on the past; soon-to-come projects were also discussed.

"The difference between last year and this year is phenomenal," Grigsby said of progress on the I-270/U.S. Route 33 interchange project.

"We have $95 million in funding secured."

The improvements that will replace nearly every ramp at the interchange will lead to it becoming "viable for the next 15 years," Grigsby said.

Work has already begun on the eighth and final leg of Emerald Parkway that will run from Tuttle Crossing Boulevard to Sawmill Road.

The project that has been two decades in the making began bedrock blasting last month and it expected to be completed by the end of the year.

"Emerald Parkway is a project we've been talking about for 20 years," Grigsby said.

"Not only is it good for traveling, but it will open up hundreds of acres of commercial land."

Improvements that will add turn lanes to the Sawmill and Hard roads and Glick and Dublin roads intersections should also get started this year, Grigsby said.

"We're home to more than 3,000 businesses and 70,000 employees," she said.

"A lot of cars are moving through the city and that's why we concentrate so much on roads."

In the coming year, Grigsby said, work on the Brand Road bike path will continue, bringing a connection from Hyland-Croy Road to Dublin Road. Work on the Dublin Road South trail will also continue.

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