I was honored to be the recipient of two awards at the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Mayor's Dinner on Thursday, April 6th. I was presented with the award for Best Speaker of the evening and Mayor of the Year.
While it is gratifying to be acknowledged by your peers in such a public manner, it is a reminder to me of how far we have come as a City and gives encouragement for us to stay the course as we continue down the path of Renaissance.
The Mayor of the Year Award was presented for Executing the Most Aggressive Redevelopment Plan in Union County. What this says to me is that people outside of Plainfield are paying attention, they see the vision we have, and they're acknowledging our hard work. But we cannot rest on our laurels, there is much work left to be done, and we have to keep our vision firmly planted in our minds lest we become distracted by petty things.
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When I took office as Mayor in 2014 - the task ahead was daunting, and I knew I could not do it alone. I was very careful and selective about who I placed in key positions, those who would affect policy and those who believed that Plainfield could rise and shine once more like a jewel in Union County. It is with these people that I share this moment of indulgent acknowledgment; they work hard every single day to effect change in the areas that most affect our community, and they embody the manifestation of what can happen when individuals truly work as a team.
Plainfield, that team extends beyond the walls of City Hall. We achieve so much more when we unify; when we join our hearts and our hands in a common cause, there is no limit to the boundaries of what we can achieve. We have made a start - but there is farther to go. We have given much - but there is more that we can give. We have dreamt big - but we can dream bigger.
I share this award with every single one of you today and embrace the possibilities that lay ahead as we work united for the betterment of our Queen City.
Creating One Plainfield, One Future...
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield