The City of Crown Point celebrated a remarkable 2021 on Wednesday evening, joining together with the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce to host a Holiday Get Together. Guests representing the city and its many hometown businesses and organizations mingled, celebrated milestones, and looked ahead to what might be in store for 2022.
Hosted in the Maki Ballroom of the Lake County Historic Courthouse, the festivities put a cap on a year that saw the city add new businesses, improve its infrastructure, and revitalize its community offerings after COVID-19.
“The City of Crown Point is open for business,” said David Uran, Mayor of Crown Point. “We increased our revenue and grew by seven percent, and our credit rating was lifted another notch higher. We’re a AA community now. That’s not something typically heard of nationally right now where a lot of revenues are down. Here, construction never stopped during the pandemic.”
Uran noted that it was not just businesses and developers investing in the city – residents were also hard at work finding ways to make improvements.
“We had a lot of people, because of the pandemic last year, rebounding and doing a lot of work on their own homes,” he said. “Everybody had a little extra time on their hands and took up home improvement projects. Those number of those kinds of improvements were as high as they’ve ever been before. That’s the people of Crown Point using the situation in a positive way and coming out strong.”
A lot of local restaurants brought along some of their favorite fare to add to the Holiday Get Together’s menu. Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce President Deann Patena was excited to bring so many chamber members together for the celebration.
“They donate their food and come out so that we can have a fun night,” she said. “It’s great to get the chance to come together.”
Much like the city itself, the chamber enjoyed a bounce-back year and was particularly excited to get back to hosting events for its members and the community.
“We really did well this year and were able to host all of our events starting in March and going forward,” she said. “It’s been a great 2021 and we’re looking forward to seeing even more attendance next year. Everything’s on schedule, so it’s nice to take tonight to enjoy the holidays.”