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State of the City Address
April 19, 2016

An old Welsh proverb says: “He That Would Be A Leader, Must Also Be A Bridge”. I feel leadership must be willing to span divisions and bring people and organizations together for the common good of the community.

This community, our Burlington, that we love so much, is changing. During my campaign I expressed my concern regarding the stability of Burlington and the direction of our future growth. I believe that many of our citizens felt the same way. So, now more than ever, we need to prepare ourselves for a direction where all of us, together, will participate in major decisions for our city.

Our young adults and their willingness to share a vision of the future is an integral part of Burlington’s success. They need to be involved in our decision making process – whether they contribute on city committees or community groups – their involvement will complement our efforts. For the simple reason – they represent our future.

We need to retain and attain these young adults to live and work in our city. I mention this, because if we don’t start this movement now our future housing market will be negatively affected as our current population gets older. I want to change that. We need to make Burlington a destination, as it once was, for families to live and work and enjoy a vibrant downtown.

Burlington’s business atmosphere has been slowly building momentum of late. Yet there is much to accomplish. I have always been pro-business for both large and small businesses. And, I look forward to meeting with those owners and employees to discuss how we can work together to build a business environment that will contribute to Burlington’s growth.

I truly believe in having the Racine County Economic Development as a partner to help us address our many empty buildings. I have worked with them in the past and I am looking forward to doing it again.

During my campaign, I toured all of our public and parochial schools. I met with administrators to discuss the challenges that they face as schools and churches. Their voices will be heard and their contributions to our community will make our future even brighter. Every citizen, in this city, will have the opportunity to express their opinions, their ideas, and their concerns. Your questions will be answered and issues will be addressed.

I will once again write a monthly article “From The Mayor’s Corner” and update the citizens of Burlington on current issues. You will know both the positive and the negative issues facing this city. Everyone may not agree but you deserve to know the facts.

I will have morning hours at city hall and visit the community in the afternoon. We will have many challenges to face and we will do so together. I am energized to meet these future challenges and I look forward to the fun and exciting times ahead.

I said this once before and it is true even today. “Great cities don’t just happen – it takes a commitment to hard work and believing for all of us to reach our goals.” Nothing is impossible!

Thank you, and may God bless us all.

Mayor, Jeannie Hefty