In response to the letters published June 10 and 14 referencing the ASU campus “What’s the rush?”
I personally thank Mayor Evans every time I have the opportunity for the time, energy and influence he has invested in pursuit of an addition of a four-year college (hopefully ASU) to our beautiful town. We are privileged to have him serve as our mayor.
For those of us who are excited about the college and sometimes grow impatient with the slow progress, Mayor Evans has had to remind us that it is a project that will take a number of years to see completed. In other words, we won’t wake up one morning anytime soon and see 6,000 students, plus faculty and staff, suddenly shopping, dining, and purchasing services in our community. Too bad!
Many of our residents were drawn to Payson because it is viewed as a perfect active adult retirement community. It is beautiful, has a great climate, low crime rate, it boasts many outdoor activities, etc. If you visit the Internet’s list of the top retirement communities, the one thing that most have in common is the presence of a four-year college. Active retired adults are looking for cultural activities and educational opportunities as well as other amenities a small town can provide.
The community college along with the addition of a four-year college offers Payson students the opportunity to pursue their education locally. It will be more affordable and may result in their pursuing careers locally.
The possibility of a December groundbreaking for the college could make a big difference to those individuals and businesses that are struggling through a less than robust economy. If people are working and businesses are doing well, the entire community benefits.
I guess I am having a hard time finding the negatives.