City of Waco Annual Report 2021
A message from Mayor Meek
It has been my honor to serve the residents of Waco as Mayor this past year. At its core – Waco is a great city because of the good people who make Waco their home. That has never shone through more than in 2021 – from enduring the ongoing pandemic to weathering a historic ice storm, to the day-to-day lives we live, Wacoans time and time again showed that we are a city full of good people, rooted in timeless values like integrity, grit, and resilience.
Waco is a remarkable city in a remarkable moment of opportunity, and I am grateful to those who came before me who have helped us arrive at this unique moment. Wacoans are innovators – advancing our city forward with proactivity and strategy. The business of the city is a team sport and everyone in Waco is on that team. I couldn’t be more thankful to get to serve with you.
The City of Waco is served by a dedicated and hard-working city staff. We have a long legacy of that, but this team is raising the bar on what it means to implement proactive and strategic plans that advance our economy and quality of life.
Despite the pandemic and the historic Winter Storm Uri, Waco continued to achieve great things in 2021. We funded over $118 million in capital improvements in the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the largest single year investment in Waco history. The greater Waco area experienced a record-breaking year for economic development, including the City’s best year on record with over $500 million announced for new industrial investment and over 1,500 jobs added to the Waco workforce. Tourism and recreation recovered in most areas to pre-pandemic levels: both Cameron Park Zoo and the Waco National Monument saw revenue levels that exceeded 2018 and 2019 pre-pandemic numbers.
I am so proud to represent this community and lead this organization. In this report you will see the many accomplishments and highlights that come from an organization aligned to its goals and values. We are fortunate to have Bradley Ford as City Manager. He, along with the city management team and the department directors within the city, have led over 1,500 city employees to continue to deliver the many programs and services highlighted here.
Mayor, City of Waco