“Are we moving in a direction that our children will be proud of?” According to former Davidson, NC Mayor Randall Kincaid, their city adopted a philosophy by which public officials asked this question before every decision.
It’s such a simple thing. And yet, it’s brilliant in its simplicity: “Are we moving in a direction that our children will be proud of?”
It’s brilliant because ultimately, that’s the job of city leaders: to create a future better than the present, to work steadily for continuous improvement, to create a city that our children will be proud to live, work, and play in years from now.
“Are we moving in a direction that our children will be proud of?”
It’s brilliant because it forces us to stop and consider the long-term goal or vision before making short-term decisions.
And above all else, that’s what we need to do on city council. We need a vision. And we need people committed to making it a reality. We need people willing to ask, “Are we moving in a direction that our children will be proud of?” at every turn.
I have a vision for Simpsonville that I think will make it, beyond a doubt, the kind of city our children and their children will be proud of.
We’re on our way. But to fully realize this vision of Simpsonville, I think we need to focus on a few key areas:
- Commit to community and cultural programs and services:
- Provide access to the arts for all of our citizens,
- Support programs that educate, inform, and inspire through a variety of cultural activities.
- This will lead to economic development…because community development is economic development.
- Grow and retain current businesses (by keeping Simpsonville dollars in Simpsonville and bringing outside $ in),
- Attract and support new businesses.
- But in order to do this, we need to work together. We need everybody on board. So we need to commit to creating unity and building partnerships.
- Partner with individual citizens, local businesses, non-profit organizations, civic groups
- Work together for a common goal, a shared vision
Then we can ask ourselves, “Are we moving in a direction our children can be proud of?” And answer ourselves with a resounding yes. Yes, we are moving in a direction our children will be proud of. Yes, we are creating a better Simpsonville for the future.
It’s time to get people on council who can do that. I think I’m just that kind of person. And that’s why I’m asking for your vote on November 3rd.