St. Pete Mayor Kriseman: 100-Day Report
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Posted by: LocalShops1
Following is the 100-Day Update from St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman:
100 Days, 100 Ways
St. Petersburg is Moving Forward Together
|Later this week, I will reach the 100-day mark as mayor of The Sunshine City. It may be a symbolic milestone, but it's a moment worthy of a pause to both appreciate our accomplishments to date and our opportunities ahead.|
During the campaign, I had an unofficial motto: listen, learn, and lead. Sitting in coffee shops and restaurants, attending meetings and community forums, walking door to door and visiting small businesses, I dedicated much of my time as a candidate simply to listening and learning.
Following the campaign, the work done by our unprecedented volunteer transition team reinforced much of what I heard from voters and provided me with additional information and ideas.
As mayor, I have continued to listen and learn, only now it helps to inform the important decisions I make. It helps me to lead. Understanding what our community values is what led me to have the fence around the pier removed the very moment I was sworn-in. It's why I made our police department's highspeed pursuit policy more stringent in order to protect innocent bystanders and our men and women in uniform. It's why I wasted no time signing on to Mayors Against Illegal Guns or rolling out new green initiatives. And it's why I recognized that driver behavior has improved to such a degree that our red light camera program will soon be no longer needed.
Progress has also been made on the high profile issues that dominated the campaign. On the pier, I have held numerous meetings with community leaders and stakeholders working to build consensus on a new process and way forward. On the Rays, I have met with their leadership on two occasions and remain confident that people of good faith can come to an agreement that preserves both our interests. In the meantime, I hope you will join me in cheering our team on in anticipation of a World Series Championship.
We're also making good on our pledge to rededicate ourselves to South St. Petersburg. Our goal is to invest our time and resources in people, not just places, creating opportunity for every willing resident. Making City Hall more accessible to neighborhoods in and around Midtown is an important first step and we've done that by opening two satellite offices at no expense to taxpayers. Yesterday and everySunday through the summer, a new outdoor weekly farmers market on the "Deuces" at 22nd Street and 9th Avenue South will bring fresh food and cultural options to the neighborhood. Many other economic development, housing, education and cultural affairs initiatives are underway in South St. Petersburg. We're blazing a trail toward sustainable progress that enhances the quality of life there, and elevates our entire city at the same time.
This is only a sampling of the more than 100 ways we've moved St. Petersburg forward in our first 100 days. A complete list can be found at www.stpete.org/vision.
However, our most exciting and integral advancement is the introduction of a new vision and planning model for the city, an initiative spearheaded by Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin.
Like every Mayor before me, I come to this office intent on elevating our city to at least its next level. The establishment of a vision that guides our work is the defining determinant of my team's ability to successfully translate that intent into action. The multitude of details and daily decisions that cross my desk is demanding and could quickly usurp my total attention and time. However, the margin of excellence in which St. Pete's next level waits to rise requires expert leadership, as well as management. In this time of opportunity we need a team committed to visionary advancement. A mayor mired in details at the mutual exclusion of an overarching goal that meaningfully ties those details together for the benefit of the city's long-term future misses the mark.
Our city's new vision is a leadership, not a management, tool - one with internal and external relevance that paves the way for the collective empowerment required for our city's continued rise and long-term strategic advancement.
There are countless critical issues and opportunities in St. Petersburg's path. Our vision is the road map that guides us along the way. It allows our 2,700 team members to pursue departmental priorities in an integrated way that delivers an amplified impact. It articulates our aspirations and the expectations of our community, setting the bar for transcendent public, private collaboration. And, perhaps most importantly, it delineates a singular overarching goal that differentiates our city and propels it toward its highest potential.
We've intentionally focused on the "why" behind what we do as much as the "what" to ensure our plans and actions align with purpose. Our model leads with the goal - our vision - and follows with the actions that get us there.
This is why we've worked hard to develop the vision and planning model that supports it in our first 100 days. The vision, organized along four strategic pathways: stewardship and fiscal responsibility; innovation; impactful service and community engagement, provides parameters to which every member of our City team is held accountable and clarifies our intended destination for all who come to live, work and play.
With these pathways as a guide, we are reallocating our resources, developing 3-5 strategic year plans and crafting solutions to the daily issues and opportunities that arise.
Our policies and positions will reflect this work. Our city's common goal, as articulated in our vision, values and pathways is the litmus by which are decisions are weighed. It is the Kriseman Administration's prescription for progress. And, it calls all of us to action on our shared journey to be a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live work and play....an innovative, creative and competitive community that honors our past while, pursuing our future.
The campaign is over. The transition is over. And our first 100 days is coming to an end. In City Hall, there are no more excuses. Change begins with us. The sun shines here.
Mayor Rick Kriseman
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