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Community has plenty to look forward to in 2017

2016 has ended, and there is plenty to look forward to in the new year in the Jamestown community. We're hopeful the completion of new projects will help move our community forward and improve opportunities for residents.

Construction is expected to be complete in August on the 95,000-square-foot Two Rivers Activity Center. TRAC will house an aquatic center with an indoor pool and water slides, a child care facility, fitness center, multisport court area with an elevated walking/running track, indoor turf area with an inflatable dome and meeting rooms. Having a facility like TRAC will provide opportunities for people to maintain and improve their health and enjoy recreation and will be an asset for the community.

Jamestown area residents will have a new place to watch Jimmies games. The University of Jamestown's Harold Newman Arena is expected to be complete by the fall of this year and will add another dimension to the university's campus.

A new garbage and recycling program in Jamestown could start this summer. Having a curbside recycling program will help encourage more people to recycle and will save space in the landfill.

And while the state had some gloomy news in 2016, including slumping oil and farm commodity prices and a state budget shortfall that led to spending cuts, Jamestown saw an increase in taxable sales in the final quarter of 2015 and the first two quarters of 2016. Mayor Katie Andersen attributed the increases to Jamestown having a Menards store, which opened in September 2015, and people having more money to spend.

We don't know what's ahead for the new year, although we're hopeful that it will be a prosperous one for our community and our country. Projects, including the possibilities of a soybean crushing plant and a second access road to Jamestown Regional Medical Center, could be on the horizon and will also benefit the community. The first would provide employment opportunities for area residents, and the second is a critical need for the community.

Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper's editorial board.