More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.
As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Cartersville and Bartow County to make it an even better place to live?
City and county officials, along with the local Chamber of Commerce, say they're focused on creating jobs. Last month, voestalpine broke ground on a $62 million auto parts manufacturing plant expected to create more than 200 jobs in an industrial park that sat vacant for some time and was refinanced with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars.
voestalpine is slated to begin the manufacturing and assembly of stamped-metal components, transmission and power train parts by the middle of 2013, company leaders said in a statement.
"Cartersville is centrally located in a southern 'automotive cluster' in close proximity to our customers," said Herbert Eibensteiner, voestalpine Management Board member and Metal Forming Division head. "Once the site has been fully developed, we will have 220 employees."
In local education, a group of citizens has its collective eye on the Bartow County school board and allegations of ethics violations by its members. In a September blog post on Cartersville Patch, former school board member Matt Shultz said the board "must be willing to censure any board member who fails to take the necessary action to protect the integrity of the school system.
"Serving as a school board member is an important public service and you must always put the system [and] children before your own desire for power [and] privilege. School board members essentially have no official individual authority and any action to the contrary should be considered self-serving," he said in response to communications between board members published on bartowforabetterboe.com.
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