Terry has spent his life planning, developing and successfully executing strategies to improve the condition of communities. Day One Leadership is exactly what our City needs, and Terry’s vast knowledge and experience working for and working with local governments will make for a stronger Waynesboro. We can do this, if we choose to “Believe in Waynesboro.”
Day One Leadership: Plan the work, and work the Plan.
Isn’t it time for action in Waynesboro? So what does Day One Leadership look like? It looks like honesty, selflessness, transparency, communication, planning, action and accountability. If we’re going to build the kind of Waynesboro we can all be proud of, it’s going to take someone that is going to be honest with you. It’s going to require someone that’s going to do their homework and come prepared each and every day. That’s the kind of leadership we need, and that’s what Terry will bring to the Waynesboro City Council. From day one, Terry will plan the work we have ahead of us, and work the plan with each of you. After all, we’re in this together.
Start with Why?
Electing Terry to the Waynesboro City Council is different, because it must be different. If all we ever do is just talk about a desired outcome and never develop the strategy and commit the resources required to attain that outcome, the result is that it becomes increasingly unlikely that the desired outcome will ever materialize. To do this, Terry believes that we must address the challenges of our community, not by starting with “What?” we’re going to do, but “Why?” it must be done.
A PLAN FOR OUR PRESENT for a SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
I believe we need a strategic vision and plan for Waynesboro that is meaningful, measurable and practical. The by-product needs to be a Capital Improvement Plan that’s equally accountable to our future. We can do this together, if we believe in the need to plan our future.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME
I believe that we need to build a community that gets young families excited about moving to Waynesboro, buying a home, raising a family, and starting a new business. At the same time, maintain balance for the many fixed-income households across our City. We can do this, if we choose to innovate.
BE COMPETITIVE, FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION
I believe that we need to work towards a reasonable, responsible and affordable tax rate which allows us to be competitive with our neighbors in attracting new major businesses, without having to borrow from the bank, and increase our debt every time. We can do this, if we believe Waynesboro can balance investment with prosperity.
EXPECT THE BEST, REWARD OUR BEST
I believe that we need to maintain the efficiency of our local government, and create a structure which rewards our most inspiring, innovative and productive employees for a job well done. We can do this, if Waynesboro believes in the ingenuity of our most talented public employees.
GETTING OUT IN FRONT OF EDUCATION
I believe that we need to strengthen our early childhood education intervention programs with the goal of having the highest literacy, SAT, and eventual, the highest graduation rate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We can do this, if Waynesboro believes investing in our youngest citizens can result in a more prosperous future for our community.
SOUND CIVIC INVESTMENTS
I believe that a primary function of government is to ensure that its citizens have the sort of institutions and resources that breed civic pride and strengthens the success for all of its citizens. In Waynesboro, the sequence of those investments in a community where decisions are long over due, won’t be easy…but they must be made. We can make these decisions, and set the course for sound civic investment, if Waynesboro believes that we must.
I believe in Waynesboro, and I hope you do too. With your help, we can begin the conversation and action that’s necessary to prepare for the next generation of Waynesboro. With your help we can do great things, but only if we choose to “Believe in Waynesboro” together.