Experienced Leadership Matters
"It's said that the best leaders don't tell you what to do, they show you how it's done. That's been my goal over the past four years - to lead the City of Bloomington with enthusiasm, courage, and a burning desire to make this a remarkable and enduring community where people want to be."
Leaders Show Up
I can't begin to count the number of community events I've had the pleasure of attending over the past four years. Concerts, the Farmers Market, meetings, sporting events: If we haven't bumped into each other yet, I'm guessing we will soon. Leaders are involved in their community. Leaders show up in the their community and take part in the events that make a city great. It's one of the best parts of the job of Mayor and I can't wait to continue it for the next four years.
Leaders Step Up
In the face of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, the people of Bloomington showed resilience, ingenuity, and a genuine compassion for their neighbors. At Civic Plaza, the City of Bloomington maintained services, creatively weathered a significant financial storm, and demonstrated a steady hand and regional leadership on issues we never thought we'd be dealing with. Our community made it to the other side stronger and more unified than before.
The work the City of Bloomington does and the investments the City makes are the direct result of the input and feedback of the residents of this community. At Council Listening Sessions, in conversations, and through email, residents have repeated time and again the priorities of public safety, fiscal responsibility, parks and trails, and making sure the streets get plowed. That has been my focus over the past four years.
Leaders Speak Out
Residents deserve to know where their leaders stand on important issues that affect them. From my Council Minute videos, to my monthly column in the Bloomington Briefing, to the Town Hall Forum, I have been open, honest, and responsive with Bloomington residents on topics big and small. Residents may not always agree with what I have to say, but I'm never shy about sharing my opinions and rationale for the policy decisions I make.
Leaders Share a Vision for the Future
I couldn't be more excited about Bloomington's five year strategic plan: Bloomington. Tomorrow. Together. Hundreds of community members were involved in bringing the plan to life. The conversation was open to everyone through focus groups, discussions, and on-line feedback and the result was an inspirational mission statement and set of community values. If you haven't yet, I encourage you to take a look. We are working to cultivate an enduring and remarkable community where people want to be.