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Mark your calendars: On Feb. 16, City Manager Patrick Wiemiller and Mayor Bob Lingl will give the annual State of the City Address, which identifies successes and challenges in the upcoming year for Lompoc.

Last March, the format of the State of the City Address was changed to be given at the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau luncheon. At the luncheon, members of the community, local stakeholders, business owners, and city leaders came together to hear about the latest and the greatest news about what is happening in Lompoc.

Last year’s event resulted in a very successful turnout, with over 150 people in attendance. The event was videotaped and afterwards was broadcast on TAP-TV and posted on the city website so those who were unable to attend could access all for the information.

In the past, the State of the City speeches have been given by the mayor at a City Council meeting here in Lompoc. However, last year’s successful luncheon yielded the format of this year’s event to mirror the 2016 event.

In light of the success of last year’s event, this year the City of Lompoc and the Chamber of Commerce will again partner to host the 2017 State of the City.

Some of the highlights from last year’s speech, given by Wiemiller, include the discussion of recently completed projects as well as ones in the development pipeline, such as the 156-room Hilton Garden Inn, a new radiation oncology center, Solvang Brewery, and residential projects like the annexation of Summit View Homes and the development progress of Burton Ranch.

Wiemiller gave an overview of all the city departments and the progress they have made over the past year as well as some obstacles that lie ahead. Overall, he left his message on a positive note with an optimistic outlook on the future for Lompoc. This message was one of growth, change, and an acceptance of new and forward ways of thinking.

While we do not know exactly what Wiemiller will discuss in his 2017 speech, we know that Lompoc has seen significant growth and has moved in a positive direction in terms of development in 2016.

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Some of the accomplishments that Lompoc has seen in regards to economic development are the most recent additions of fast casual restaurants, The Habit Burger Grill and Chipotle Mexican Grill, located at 1413 North H Street. Other additions to the community include Harbor Freight Tools, Albertsons, Native Tongue Boutique & Lounge, Pay it Forward Thrifts and Gifts, Aloha BBQ, Star Threading, Wireless 101, The Maple Cottage, and more.

Some developments that have been in the construction phases throughout 2016 and will be moving towards opening in 2017 include the Hilton Garden Inn and Solvang Brewery. There are also multiple projects that are in the preliminary and application phases that are also projected for the New Year.

During the State of the City 2017 address, attendees will also learn about various accomplishments, challenges, and plans for some of the city departments including the fire department, police department, public works, utilities, economic development, and the library. Wiemiller will open the door for residents to learn what’s in the works and the how the city will be jumping in the New Year.

For more information on purchasing tickets to the State of the City luncheon, please visit Lunch will be included with purchase of admission ticket. The event will be held at the Dick DeWees Senior and Community Center located at 1120 West Ocean Avenue in Lompoc.

To stay updated on the EDC’s progress throughout the year like the “Lompoc Economic Development Committee” page on Facebook.

Building the Future Today is a column by the Lompoc Economic Development Committee. The column runs on the first and third Sundays of each month. To contact the committee, email Lompoc Economic Development Committee can also be liked on Facebook.