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ISSUE: Objectives of Radcliff First
OUR VIEW: Support ideas with effort
The objective is praiseworthy and important. The initial meeting was upbeat and informative. The challenge is clear and achievable.
Radcliff First is off and running. Now the real work begins.
More than 100 people turned out as Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall coordinated a community meeting to begin an improvement effort that he calls Radcliff First. Its goals were outlined in a sign behind the speaker’s stand: “Bridging the gap between government, business and community.”
Duvall recognizes that the most effective ways to bring about improvement are team efforts. Although the city government has achieved a lot in the way of financial stability and beautification, it cannot sustain continued improvements acting alone. Similarly, economic development can be spurred by government support or incentives, but it thrives on a cooperative business environment and community support.
Duvall wants all of Radcliff to work together “to continue moving in the right direction.”
That’s what every community leader should want.
But having your heart in the right place is only one necessary element. Lasting change requires investment, muscle, legwork, promotion and dedication, too.
Ideas such as Radcliff businesses promoting their counterparts or every resident embracing a buy local campaign exclusive to Radcliff will require work and commitment from all corners.
“Each and every one of you mean something to Radcliff,” Duvall told the audience at the initial Radcliff First meeting.
Changing shopping habits, battling perceptions and dealing with the reality of limited resources all take time. Possibly lots of time. Taking steps to put Radcliff First is a potentially effective approach. Make sure expectations are realistic and don’t be surprised if the going is rough. Most worthwhile things are.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise's editorial board.