Sure, the City might have challenges, but St. Helena City Manager Gary Broad sees positives and opportunities for the self-acclaimed “Heart of the Napa Valley.” Perhaps that’s part of the job of a city manager – being the City’s Pollyanna.

The City is littered with national historical landmarks – from Downtown to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. There are plans to improve the downtown with additional trees and pedestrian friendly sidewalks. And recent savings realized from a recent reorganization has allowed the city to continually reinvest in roads and infrastructure.

Additional revenues may soon come to the City as several hotel projects, which have already been approved, haven’t begun construction. Once completed, both hotels have the possibility to bring a million dollars in occupancy taxes to the city. Improving the lodging options in the City is important as nearly two-thirds of all tourists to Napa Valley visit St. Helena, but a lack of hotel options limits the City’s TOT capitalization.

Read the full story at the Napa Valley Register.