The business of the Town of Bluffton continues unabated despite the pandemic.

Here’s a quick snapshot of Bluffton:

Our 54-square-mile community has an estimated population of 24,000 to 27,000 residents. We are mostly a young, family-driven community, with 37 years old being the median age of our residents. The median cost of a home in Bluffton is $266,200.

Here’s a look at the Town’s trajectory into the remainder of 2020. Despite this year’s economic fluctuations, new building construction remains robust in Bluffton.

The Town’s economic development arm, the Don Ryan Center for Innovation, is providing free membership to any Bluffton business for a year. This is a part of the Town’s plan to help local businesses navigate this year’s unique challenges. For more details, please visit donryancenter.com.

The Don Ryan Center for Innovation recently moved into its permanent 3,000-square-foot facility in Buckwalter Place Commerce Park.

Next door is the Buckwalter Place Park, with its inclusive playground equipment as well as a quiet, reflective corner where the Bluffton Veterans Memorial resides.

The Martin Family Park, located on Boundary Street, is an open space, decorated with wood Adirondack chairs made for the outdoors. This is a perfect place for a good book or a future community movie night.

The Wright Family Park and Calhoun Street Regional Dock is a spectator property, offering residents a beautiful view and public access to the May River.

Additionally, the Town also continues to install sanitary sewer, sidewalks and lighting to areas outside of planned communities that did not have the benefit of pre-planned infrastructure. These projects provide connectivity for our neighborhoods, businesses and public spaces as well as protection to our region’s natural resources.

Together, Town Council and Town staff members continue to strive to enhance our community’s high quality of life for all who live, work and visit Bluffton.

Lisa Sulka is the mayor of the Town of Bluffton. lsulka@townofbluffton.com