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1/2/2013 9:04:00 AM
Chino Valley residents greet 2013 with cautious optimism
Matt Santos

For many local residents, the past few years have been tough. Businesses closing, homes left vacant, jobs scarce.

What will 2013 bring? How confident are you that the New Year will be better than the previous?

Those questions were posed to several in the community this past week, and while some are cautious, optimism and the hope for a better 2013 scored high.

Pat Clingman, a retired Town of Chino Valley employee, says she hopes the best for her friends.

"My outlook for 2013 is for a good and prosperous year. I wish health and wealth for all of my friends," said Clingman. "I'm an eternal optimist, so I'm sure things will get better. They have to get better. I know that we will all be better people in 2014 for having lived through 2013."

On the national scale, Clingman says she is worried the unity of the country may become a hurdle.

"I think the biggest challenge we face is our nation divided. I have some serious concerns because of gun issues and political issues. I'm worry about these things pitting friend against friend," said Clingman.

Locally, she sees the economy, specifically good paying jobs, is the biggest challenge to Chino Valley.

Chino Valley mom Kessia Alvarez says she also sees the economy as a major worry for 2013.

"This past year has been tough," said Alvarez. "I don't think it's getting any better, but we have to keep going, keep paying our bills and getting by."

With children at Territorial Elementary School and a daughter entering Heritage Middle School next year, her focus is on her kid's education.

"The schools here treat us very good," said Alvarez. "We'll have some new challenges with my daughter heading to middle school next school year, but that can be exciting too."

James Hait, CEO of Victory Wealth Management in Chino Valley, spends his day monitoring financial trends and says he's confident the economic sky is clearing.

"Despite all the bad news we see in the media, we are seeing some signs of growth in our area," said Hait. "We have a few new businesses in town and I'm confident some of our other empty storefronts will be filled soon."

On the national and worldwide front, Hait says if big business plays ball, things will get better.

"Right now, today, corporations have an unbelievable amount of cash on the sidelines," said Hait. "They've got to do something with it. They have to buy back some of the stocks and make acquisitions, but the cash has got to be put back to work and the market is the place to put it."

Hait says that even with expected changes in 2013, the future looks good.

"It's going to be very volatile right now with the fiscal cliff, but I'm optimistic that it's going to be an up year," says Hait.

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce plays a big part in helping local businesses and shoppers, and Gail Steele, a chamber volunteer and Paulden resident sees success in the New Year as a personal choice.

"I started volunteering so I can meet new and exciting people," said Steele. "I'm able to do that through the chamber, but I also plan on taking some computer classes."

Steele and her husband Michael spend part of the year working and fishing at a resort in Idaho, also plan on traveling more during the year. But her activities with the chamber will be key to her finding personal success in 2013.

"Helping out with the Winter Wonderland, the Health and Business Expo, and all of the other chamber functions, I get to meet the people that are really involved in the town," said Steele. "Interacting with those people, learning what they're doing, is fun for me. I want to keep doing that, meeting new and interesting people and learning from them."

What will you do to make 2013 a successful year?

Please log on to www.cvrnews.com and let us know what's important to you and your family for the coming year.

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