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Friday, March 02, 2012

Community Partnerships.

If you are a regular reader of the City of Milton newsletter, you’ve probably noticed we’re striving for more of a community focus in lieu of a strictly government news-centered announcement. The reason, of course, is that we recognize you, our residents, love seeing yourselves, your friends and your children in a fun, colorful newsletter delivered free of charge to your e-mail account. It highlights the ways you’re living your lives to the fullest and singles out neighbors doing the same.

Now, I’d love to have you all at the City of Milton every day when you’re off work, but the simple fact is it’s just not feasible. Instead, you’re at your child’s school, or one of our recreation programs, or working with others to make your community a better place through volunteer work. But that doesn’t mean we can’t help spread those programs and messages.

At the City of Milton, we value of community partnerships. This is a somewhat new way of doing business in local government, and we’re very pleased with the results. This type of work is especially important in a relatively young city, as community isn’t built overnight. Instead, it takes years of work, friendship and caring.

That said, let me take you through some of the neat city and community items we’ve got in our newsletter this month.

We’ve got news about several City of Milton programs built specifically for community interaction – Camp Joyful Soles, the Evergreen Schools environmental project, tree appreciation events, an art project, the Disability Awareness Committee’s Community Links series, Bulky Trash Day, the Earth Day festival, our Memorial Day Ceremony and summer sports camps. I hope to see you at one of these great events or programs.

Then we get into news sent to us: Summit Hill’s kindergarten tours, Birmingham Falls’ third annual race, YMCA programs for special needs children, info from Cambridge High, Hopewell Middle students doing great things and a local girl who’s headed to a national equestrian competition.

It’s this type of news we’re trying to include more each month. But the only way we can do that is if you continue to send it to us. If you’ve got news you’d like to see in the monthly newsletter (which goes out to about 2,600 people, by the way, plus Facebook and Twitter uses numbering more than 1,000) send it to Jason Wright, our Communications Manager. His e-mail is jason.wright@cityofmiltonga.us.

That’s it for this month. As always, I’d love to hear from you. Why not stop by or contact me directly?

Sincerely,
Mayor Joe Lockwood

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