Here is a wonderful example of unconventional and exceptional leadership by Mayor Tom Brown of McPherson, Kansas. (I write about McPherson and Mayor Brown in the book.)
In January 2010, the city was gifted the local golf course. Many thought it a mixed blessing as the golf course had never been profitable. But it was an opportunity for the city and Mayor Brown challenged the staff by saying that if the golf course turned a profit, he would jump in the lake on the first hole. For the first time ever, the golf course turned a profit in 2010 and as you can see here, the Mayor is a man of his word!
This gesture not only created news all over the city and region, it was a simple little “love note” to the community. This small gesture has had an outsized impact on McPherson and is something that people will remember and smile about for a long time.
Entries for a T-shirt design contest are due by June 5.
This is becoming a common story around the world. We need some new idea to replace the locks.
The love locks battle is lost and it seems eternal love is no match for the bolt cutters.
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Following the workshop from last month, Kenmore has done a great little temporary love note!
Kenmore residents approaching Kenmore Village probably saw an unusually green sight in the parking lot on May 6.
In 2013, we did a community workshop in Ludington, MI. One of the ideas generated was to simply have a bonfire on their beautiful beach. Initially the city was fearful but they tried it once last summer and it was such a success that they have implemented a summer plan to do three bonfires! Well done Ludington!
Ludington, with one of the most beautiful beaches on Lake Michigan, will have three big bonfires this summer for the public.
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