City Overview Way of Life
7 Continued from page 6 the pandemic brought out the best in the Strongsville community. “There is no question that 2020 was a year of struggle, but in another way, it was heartwarming to see how neighbors and neighborhoods came together and helped each other through it, whether it was going to the grocery store for somebody, driving someone to church or helping someone get to the doctor’s office,” Perciak says. “The bottom line is that the community came together to maintain our Strongsville way of life.” The Strongsville way of life, the mayor emphasizes, is reflected in the way residents celebrate together in fun times and support one another during bad times. “Even though we’re a city of almost 45,000 people, we still have the feel of a small home town community of neighborhoods and parish families,” Perciak says. “The community pride says a lot about the people who live and work here. It is also apparent in our religious leaders and our wonderful civic organizations.” The local business community, he adds, also plays a vital role in weaving the community together and funding local events and activities. For example, the mayor says, “The business community stepped up to the plate
Strongsville Image Book & Community Guide | 2021
A TIME TO CELEBRATE: (above) The City decorates the Village Green for the holiday season with thousands of lights; Strongsville Police received lots of community support when hundreds of paper hearts decorated the entrance (below).
big time in order for us to continue our annual Winter Wonderland Christmas lighting ceremony on the commons. That is a function that always brings the community together as it did this year. Even after Christmas was over, there were kids and families walking through the displays, taking pictures. One couple who were pushing twins in a stroller told me they were taking photos to use on next year’s Christmas cards.” While growth has been conspicuous in the city’s retail zones over the past couple years, less noticeable has been major new development in the city’s four business parks, which typically provide about 55 percent of the income tax revenues that fund city services. “They are the financial glue that holds it all together, Perciak says. The occupancy rate in the four business parks was at a stellar 95 percent in 2020, according to Brent Painter,