Oroville could be the next fastest growing city in the North State, says Oroville Mayor

Oroville could be the next fastest growing city in the North State, according to the city's mayor, but it doesn't come without its challenges.

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 10:12 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. -- Oroville could be the next fastest growing city in the North State, according to the city's mayor, but it doesn't come without its challenges.

"Everything is lining up, this is a very strong economy," said Oroville Mayor Chuck Reynolds. 

Mayor Reynolds says his city is on its way to becoming the fastest growing city in the North State.

"If that's what it takes to take care of our citizens, then yes, we're going to have to become the fastest growing city," Mayor Reynolds said. 

He says the strong economy, along with plenty of job opportunities in the city, lay down the foundation for the growth.

"We had a budget of $13 million and now we are over $18 million," Mayor Reynolds said.

The big challenge Oroville is facing is the housing shortage. The city grew from 19,000 to 23,000 people overnight from the Camp Fire.

"Teachers, lawyers, county workers, department workers, department heads, they have no housing," Mayor Reynolds said.

The mayor said his office is working to streamline the building process and make it more transparent.

Camp Fire survivor Nancy Panattoni is still settling into her new home in Oroville.

"We lost everything. My husband, there was two motorcycles in the garage, his truck, everything was gone," Nancy Panattoni said.

For months Panattoni and her husband searched for a house in the Oroville market.

"Anything, a motel was even hard to find because of the influx of people that came into Oroville as well as Chico," Nancy Panattoni said.

She's watched the city grow over the past nine months and she says that's what makes her excited to stay.

"Coming here and shopping here and meeting the people here, people want to work," Nancy Panattoni said.

Currently, Mayor Reynolds says there are 10 housing projects underway in different stages of development. 

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