The curfew whistle that sounds faithfully at 10:00 every night throughout Coraopolis is one of my favorite sounds. It is a reminder that we want our streets to be safe, secure and prepared. Our police, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency and safety personnel work hard to keep us safe. We should thank them, along with the military veterans who are serving us, and have served us, so faithfully and courageously.
We are the perfect location or launch for a day-trip. We happen to sit on the banks of the storied Ohio River, adjacent to a major US Interstate, a short drive from several other walkabout communities, and the potential starting point for a thousand journeys. We have it all at our disposal: city, suburb, woodland, farmland, and everything in between, plus the public transportation to provide the ride. Our rivers and hills here are easy on the eyes, and create interesting landscapes in all seasons.
Most historians agree that the fabric of any society is stronger when the institutions in that society are healthy and vibrant. I personally believe that as the institutions go, so goes the whole community. Our schools, churches and organizations must serve as our foundations, and here in Coraopolis as in other cities and towns, that has always been the case. We have both history and opportunity here today. Greater involvement and commitment must be a consideration, for all of us. If not in a school, church, or club, then in some other way. The increase in community good and measurable progress rarely happens from a single person, but in groups of people – and groups with common goals and values.
I may be the only official candidate for mayor but our campaign is just getting started. Forward-thinking planning is essential. Signs of forward-thinking planning are visible, from an updated borough headquarters to recreational areas to building renovations. These will serve us very soon, but will also serve future generations. Technology, greenspaces, infrastructure, clean water, business-friendly management, strength in public safety and education, and community networking – these are the hallmarks of cities and towns who are thinking ahead. And while we acknowledge that we’re not getting top marks in each and every area yet, I am convinced we will. There are so many of you committed to seeing this through. Keep your eyes out for more signs of forward-thinking in the months to come – I’m committed to them!
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.