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!
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?
Someone asked me very recently “how do you plan on accomplishing all that you’re trying to do if you become mayor?” I quickly replied “with your help.” Because the circles of one life overlap the circles of another, a network gets built, and those who have each other in common begin to affect change. Or more simply put: kind and smart people of every walk of life need to come off the sidelines, and into the game. Coraopolis is abundant with opportunities for involvement and impact, and that will only continue in the years to come.
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.