First of all, I want to apologize for the gap between postings. It has been a little hectic learning the ropes and there is still a lot more to learn.
Sunday we finished up our last goal setting session. The things I took most away from the meeting is the way the council works together. Sure we had differing opinions but at the end of the day that is all they were, opinions. No one took anything personally and I feel that we are able to, at times, agree to disagree. My prediction for those that enjoy the backbiting and infighting, prepare to be bored. Here are the goal that we identified as being most important.
1. Maintain a financially responsible city providing excellent, effective services.
2. Grow the local economy in Davenport.
3. Grow the city population and make Davenport a preferred place to live.
4. Revitalize neighborhoods and corridors.
5. Get Davenport working together for a better community.
6. Revitalize the downtown and riverfront.
If you notice, there is no sit back and let the problems come to us. Personally, I look forward to proactively tackling the problems at hand and working towards accomplishing these goals. As a council we are going to need some help. Things like Revitalizing neighborhoods, corridors the downtown, and riverfront, and working together for a better community all take collective efforts. The Council and city employees cannot do it all by ourselves. We need people to come out and get involved. Even if it is just going to ward meetings and providing input, it is still better than nothing. We all have a stake in this city. Together, we can take to levels it has never seen and we can do things that we never thought possible. Much like to old saying, united we grow, divided we fail. Being united does not mean agreeing all the time. What it means is that we all want to see Davenport succeed. So roll those sleeves up and get ready. We have a lot of work to do.