As city manager, I am pleased to bring to the position my experience as a planner and economic developer. Gautier is young and on the move; our department directors are top-notch in their fields and positioned well with a supportive, business-friendly City Council. Our employees uphold our core values of People, Integrity and Prosperity. We encourage citizen participation for the betterment of our community and strive to conduct business with integrity to instill public trust and foster prosperity. This year, we have embarked on a 5-year strategic plan that will chart the course for expanded parks programs, major capital projects, and commercial redevelopment. In 2011, Council adopted several economic development incentives including a tax increment financing plan (the first in Jackson County) as an incentive to draw large-scale development projects to our town center and I-10 corridor. Singing River Mall, located south of the I-10/Gautier-Vancleave Exit, has announced redevelopment plans in the heart of our developing town center; our I-10/Hwy 57 corridor is the new home to a 16-acre medical campus, attracting commerce at our planned medical and commerce corridor. Gautier is growing, but it continues to be our people that make us special. We invite you to grow with us.