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2018 was an exciting year of progress and revitalization for the City of Loveland. The positive momentum is in large part due to collaboration and community involvement. While much of our progress can be seen with a walk or drive through town, many other, equally important, milestones are less visible. As part of the City’s commitment to keep the community informed and engaged, this is a City of Loveland update and recap of 2018:
Recover, Rebuilding and Revitalization of Historic Downtown
The 2017 fire that ravaged the 200 block of West Loveland Avenue in historic downtown Loveland will forever remain a heart-breaking event in our City’s history. Our town was incredibly fortunate that the property owners affected by the fire never wavered from their determination to rebuild and, just as importantly, to do so with a commitment to historic preservation of the structures.
Throughout this year, we watched as these buildings and businesses recovered brick by brick; and the excitement and anticipation grew among our residents, business owners and visitors. As each of the buildings impacted by the fire re-opened, we were awed by the thoughtfulness, creativity, quality and workmanship reflected in both the physical structures and the new or returning businesses. Ramsey’s Trailside, Tano’s and Bishop’s Quarter have lifted historic downtown Loveland to a whole new level of dining and entertainment. These businesses are a wonderful complement to our other coveted Downtown establishments, making Downtown Loveland a true destination. We also appreciate that Alley Boutique (formerly Cincy Fashion Wheels) and Comey and Shepherd, also affected by the fire, chose to continue to make Loveland their home, and we welcome all the new businesses that came to Loveland in 2018.
Investment in Human Resources for Continued Progress,Optimal Safety
2018 was a year of investment in City operations, as many positions were filled to better serve the residents and enhance the City’s growth opportunities:
Safety is always a top priority among our city leadership, with no greater concern than the more than 4,800 students attending Loveland City Schools. Beginning early in the year, Police Chief Sean Rahe and School District Superintendent Dr. Amy Crouse worked cooperatively to place Officer Moore as the district’s School Resource Officer (SRO). Jesse’s enthusiasm and personality made him the ideal candidate for the position, and his on-campus presence brings an added level of safety for every student in our district, as well as peace of mind for parents and residents.
Growth & Progress
New City Services:
Collaboration for PositiveOutcomes
No force powers the positive momentum of our city more so than the collaboration between City government, businesses, organizations and individual residents from our community:
Losses to the Loveland Community
While the year was filled with excitement, the City also said goodbye to treasured members of its family.
Continued Progress for 2019 and Beyond
In addition to the many accomplishments of 2018, a great deal of planning and work was completed for future benefit. The 2019 City budget includes funding for thefollowing:
It gives me a tremendous sense of pride to share the events and accomplishments that defined the past year, as well as the knowledge that our progress reflects the collective effort and talent of so many elected officials, city employees, business owners, community leaders, committee members and individual residents. Together, we are stronger and better, and I look forward to all we will accomplish as a community in 2019!