Thank you for the privilege of the past two months. We have much to do in the months and years ahead, and I can’t wait to get started. Community benevolence is leaving any and all of our anxiety or lost wagers at the doorstep, and walking full-long into a place of intent. We are a small town with typical small-town problems, but with the benefit of a team of caring citizens and leaders who are ready to seize the unique opportunities that face us. Let us all travel this road together. Onward. We have work to get done.
Thank you to the homes and businesses that have recently raised the bar in Coraopolis. A town like ours can, and will, see façade and structural improvements. We can access opportunities to collectively and intentionally make Coraopolis more beautiful. Let’s keep the momentum going. A can of paint and a bottle of Windex can go a long way. This week’s question is NOT about pointing to others, but about ourselves. What can YOU do different, and what will YOU commit yourself to improving your own space?
Leaders, especially, need to demonstrate collaboration above all. Start with a vision or goal of exactly what we want to see accomplished. Communities are happy and successful when they thrive, and they thrive because people think about and care for it. When minds and hearts and plugged in toward a shared vision, success will happen. If we are committed to getting in the habit of positive, forward motion each and every day, progress will happen. When a shared vision is set, and a variety of people are asking questions and working toward achieving it, change will occur. If we are committed to getting in the habit of positive, forward motion each and every day, progress will happen.
There is an energy in town that you can see and feel, and the voices of those who believe our best days are ahead are heard above those who have stood by as critics and doubters. We have the enviable advantage of being an actual small town, with historic buildings, superior location, and legitimate growth. Our dedicated business owners need (and deserve) our support, and our gratitude. Thank you to those who eat, drink and shop in Coraopolis, and to the business owners who make it possible.