City leaders, business members and the community alike gathered Thursday to hear the city's latest report card and honor those who've helped shape the area.
Nearly 200 people packed into the ballroom at the Four Seasons community off of Highland Springs Ave. and Potrero Blvd. for the annual State of the City address.
MC'd by Councilman Brian DeForge, the two hour event included the honoring of those who've helped to "beautify" historical buildings around town, a speech by Mayor Roger Berg, and Chamber of Business announcements-- all culminating in an eleven minute long video presentation on the history of Beaumont, in its centennial year. ()
Since the city is in its 100th year, a lot of attention was given to the growth of the area.
“Let’s tell the world about Beaumont,” Mayor Roger Berg told the audience, speaking to commemorative postcards handed out.
Though his speech was concise as the video did much of the talking, Banning-Beaumont Patch caught up with the mayor after the event to discuss what he's most proud of this past year.
"Economic times are bad, [but] the city stayed on course," Berg told Patch. "We've kept the employees there… building homes, bringing industry, bringing jobs in and serving the community."
Berg seemed to be especially fond of the citizens, and the small-town feel you still get around town.
"It's the people I'm proud of," he added. "It's a great community."
The mayor also spoke to the growing diversity in the area, and how it's so important.
"This community now is a cross-representation of America," he said. "You have every ethnic group in here. The country is a melting pot; Beaumont is a melting pot. And it makes it a great community when you see everyone in here."
Though most of us won't be around to see the city in its Bicentennial year-- many will be in the area in the next 10 years. So Patch asked Mayor Berg just where he thinks the city is headed:
"I see the city continuing to move ahead, and build homes, and provide jobs and [be] a place for people to live; it's just going to continue to grow. Maybe not as fast... but it's going to continue to grow. It's going to be a great place to live," Berg said.