For the first time in twelve years, today there is a new occupant on the fifth floor of Erie City Hall. Joe Schember took the oath of office as Erie’s new mayor and issued a challenge to those witnessing the inauguration and to the citizens of our region: imagine a different future for Erie.
According to reports, the mayor encouraged some group visualization:
“I’d like you all to just close your eyes for a minute and imagine these things, first Erie is a city with unlimited high tech family sustaining jobs, our children and other graduates of our local universities stay in Erie to work, and raise their families.”
“We have a world class downtown where people live work and play, where innovators and entrepreneurs create new businesses.”
“Every city neighborhood is safe and welcoming, where children play and neighbors know and help each other. Our handling of the record December snow is a great example of how we can work together as community.”
“Imagine families with young children moving to Erie to be a part of our great public school system.”
“Imagine that every city hall employee works tirelessly and creatively to serve Erie residents and businesses.”
“Imagine our larger region pulls together, there’s no more turf protection, no more silo mentality, we now collaborate as one for the good of this region.”
“Finally, we are a city that lives the American Dream, a city where age, race, ethnicity, religion, heritage, gender, sexual preference and even which side of State Street you live on does not matter any more. We all respect and value each other, we work together for the good of all.”
This is new territory, folks. Such optimism and inclusiveness can only foster hope and buy-in to the new leader’s vision. Even the concept of a vision is a definitive change for the city.
I can see it…can you?
Congratulations and God’s speed, Mr. Mayor.
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