During his state of the city speech last week, Mayor Bob Murphy of Lakewood, Colorado, a 2011 All-America City, spoke of the impressive success the city has achieved in recent years—on the economic front, in transit-oriented planning and community amenities.
Equally impressive, though, was the mayor’s willingness to ask: “What can we all do, together, to make life better for all the residents of this community?”
Obviously, we liked the next part:
“The answer, I think, starts with embracing and enhancing the very values that make us an All-America City. The answer lies within taking that great foundation of community we have here and building upon it, neighbor-by-neighbor, block-by-block, with the help of businesses, schools, nonprofits and faith-based organizations – all the sectors whose contributions brought us this prestigious award.”
The mayor goes on to talk about civic engagement, collaboration, innovation and community building. This is what we hope happens when communities win the award, that they will use it not just to celebrate past victories, but think about how they can use it to move forward.
Link here to read the full transcript of Mayor Murphy’s address.
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