We are settling into the new year and January moved quickly and so are many of the initiatives that Lakewood has been working on this year.
We kicked off discussions about our downtown development site with CASTO, an Ohio-based developer of complex, successful urban projects, earlier this month and we look forward to creating a project that fits the current and long-term needs of our community. Stay tuned for public meetings to be announced as part of this process.
The Westshore Council of Governments had our first meeting of the year. This group meets monthly and consists of the mayors of Lakewood, Rocky River, Fairview Park, Westlake, Bay, and North Olmsted. This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of this collaboration between westside municipalities.
In January we honored the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his historic work concerning civil rights and social justice. This month, join us in celebrating Black History Month. Here in Lakewood, we are working every day to create a more diverse, inclusive, educational, and accepting culture for everyone. The important work of the City's Anti-Racism Task Force is underway to ensure the value of anti-racism is expressed in all City objectives and initiatives.
I am encouraged by this momentum as we move into February and the rest of 2021. Please stay safe, healthy, and positive.