“But at the core of it, we have to be centered on what we’re trying to accomplish. And I think sometimes, I see in our community—I see some challenges.” - Cook President Pete Yonkman at the February Governor’s Luncheon.
The Chamber is set for our next Community Conversation luncheon “Working Better, Together” on Tuesday, April 4th at the Fountain Square Ballroom. The impetus of this topic was the lack of progress on many critical issues that plague the community. These range from housing, convention center expansion, and justice reform to annexation. It is easy to point fingers, but harder to take the lead, and confront these challenges.
What these endeavors require is a certain sacrifice and compromise among all the parties. The basis of progress has to be “trust”. Too often I have witnessed what appears to be clashes over territory. The greater good becomes more about protecting one’s self-interest. This goes beyond the strained city-county relations. We lack real champions to move the process along that is inclusive of all stakeholders. One cannot be a leader if the communication channels are not open.
This community remains rich in resources. We have the tax base, the talent, and the drive to accomplish far more than we have in the last five or so years. What how this luncheon provides is a sense of what has gone wrong and how we fix it.
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