High Aspirations: We believe that excellence should be the only standard in judging our results. As J. Irwin Miller said, “…we would like to see this community come to be the very best community of its size in the country. We would like to see it become the city in which the smartest, the ablest, the best young families anywhere would like to live…a community which will offer their children the best education available anywhere…Our concern is to help get the most for our dollar, to help build this community into the best in the nation.” Likewise, we want to help every citizen raise his or her own personal expectations and aspirations.
Public-Private Partnerships: We are deeply committed to an ongoing public/private dialogue about what kind of community we want to create and how best to achieve those results. Our greatest achievements have resulted from elected and appointed public officials working together with private individuals and organizations. As partners, they have been most effective when they form a consensus on what should be done and bring resources from both sectors to achieve it.
Collaboration: People want to participate in the building of something greater than themselves – a reach for excellence beyond the individual. Community leaders are expected to connect human and financial resources and be persistent in the face of apparent lack of progress. Community Leaders are expected to work for the good of the whole community in a way that doesn’t maximize their individual organization at the expense of others or duplicate efforts and resources unnecessarily. Shared resources, goals and projects are encouraged.
Forward-Thinking: Our community believes in continuous improvement, welcomes creative approaches and has always taken the future into its own hands in a proactive way. Each new generation should, in its turn, build for the future in its own way to its own agenda. In making our plans we ask, “When we look back 10 years from now, what will we wish we had done today?”