Every Gahanna resident should feel great about our city after reading the two front-page stories in your Sept. 10 edition.

To the Editor:

Every Gahanna resident should feel great about our city after reading the two front-page stories in your Sept. 10 edition. The headlines were "City leaders outline plans for economic development" and "Gahanna ranks in 'American Cities of the Future' Top 10."

As president of City Council, I obviously knew about the first story and voted to hire the firm that did the study for us. It gives us a road map in four areas: creating a brand identity for the city, recognizing our strengths, understanding our weaknesses and identifying objectives

The second story was a surprise to me. I didn't even know we were in the running to be included in this report from a division of the Financial Times Ltd. Their team of experts studied hundreds of smaller cities in the United States and Canada in five areas: economic potential, business friendliness, human capital and lifestyle, cost effectiveness and connectivity.

All Gahanna residents should be proud that our hometown is keeping company with such cites as Greenville, S.C. and N.C.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Santa Fe Springs, Calif.; Brantford, Ontario; North Vancouver, British Columbia; Pocatello, Idaho; and Wilmington, Del. Indeed, we are an American city of the future.

Tom Kneeland

President, Gahanna City Council