Judging by the annual State of the Community addresses delivered by city leaders on Feb. 22, Westerville has much a bright future and much to be proud of.

Judging by the annual State of the Community addresses delivered by city leaders on Feb. 22, Westerville has much a bright future and much to be proud of.

City manager Dave Collinsworth cited renovations to the Highlands Park aquatic center, the Main Street bridge replacement and streetscape improvements to South State Street as important projects that were started in 2010.

Schools superintendent Dan Good said the district's biggest accomplishment last year was earning the state's highest report card rating, "Excellent with Distinction," for the first time. He also pledged that the district will continue to work with students whose achievement level isn't as high as it should be.

:We recognize that we still have individual students, student groups and schools that are not growing quickly enough to demonstrate 'adequate yearly progress,'" Good said. "We will continue to focus our energies on nurturing a year's worth of growth in each student, not just aggregates of the student body."

Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce board president Travis Sanders said the chamber schedules 32 networking events annually and promised the organization will continue to provide programs that benefit its members.

In 2010, he said, 99 businesses saved $222,268 on health insurance through the chamber's "group rated" program, which also helped 34 businesses achieve an average savings of $1,636 in workers compensation. Members participating in the group-rated office supply program saved an average of 58 percent on office supplies, Sanders said.

Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, vice president of business affairs at Otterbein, said future plans include collaborations with five other universities on experience-based learning and its benefits.

"The work of Otterbein's faculty will be highlighted across the country to help other universities understand how to harness the transformative power of hands-on learning," she said.

For more on this story, see the March 3 edition of ThisWeek Westerville.