Mayor Amrhein states that “a healthy economy is only as strong as its work force” adding that “a healthy competition among skilled contractors and laborers should be encouraged, especially in an area blessed with these talents."
"All too often projects of the past required that we go outside of the local community in search of talented craftsmen/artisans. While admittedly the quality of work was good, those earned dollars left the local economy," said Amrhein. “There is a tremendous wealth of unrealized talent, expertise and resource within the local community and I personally believe it is time that it be recognized."
The Mayor has a number of initiatives already in place for expanding Zachary’s infrastructure, encouraging business and industry growth in the area, in addition to planned annexation that will both encourage and enhance the opportunities for those groups to consider locating here.
While Zachary’s future is important to the Mayor, the preservation of its past is equally so. To a very large extent, local craftsmen and artisans would, could and should assume a leading role in preservation and restorative efforts in the interests of local treasures.
Outside engineering firms awarded contracts with the city in the future would be strongly encouraged to utilize local contractor/labor skills matching project demands. This would include both new initiatives and preservation work.
The Mayor realizes the need to identify skilled workers and artisans at the local level. “The people of Zachary feel the passion associated with new growth potential, but also realize that continuing to build a more robust economy through the use of 'home grown talent' needs to be strongly encouraged.”
For more information concerning qualifications for bid opportunities available to local contractors, contact the Mayor’s office at City Hall, 4700 Main St. or telephone 654-0287. All inquiries are welcome and strongly encouraged.