It’s that time again – our annual Leaders in Local Government Awards, presented by Bremer Bank, is this Thursday, Sep 29. Why do we do this event? It’s simple. The importance of public services – and public servants – cannot be overstated. Public servants are the most under-appreciated and yet hardest-working (on our behalf) sector of our economy. I’m tough on our political leaders, because I expect so much from them. We need so much from them. Behind them, doing the yeoman’s work, are the servants within government. Police, Fire Departments, Economic Development, Permitting, Finance, Parks, these people devote more time and energy in service to use than we recognize – or honor. I love this awards luncheon because, at least once a year, we can say THANK YOU for the people who serve us every day.
This Awards Luncheon is being hosted by several chambers partners: Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Midway Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Hmong Chamber of Commerce, Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Paul Area Chamber, and Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce. Together we want to say “thank you.” I hope you’ll join us to honor the nominees and hear from retired St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, !
On another note: as I talk with members, people from across the region, the resounding theme I’m hearing is one of “too much.” People are really feeling pressure, the heat of too much on their plate. I get it. It takes me back to a challenging time in my life when I remember wishing that the merry go round would just stop for a minutes so I could sit in the quiet and figure out how I felt or what I thought. Recently I was introduced to a book that speaks to this, and wanted to share it: How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by artist Jenny Odell. “To do nothing is to hold yourself still so that you can perceive what is actually there.” Be encouraged, find your stillness, take time for quiet reflection so you can figure out how you feel or what you think about a particular situation in your life.
See you in the trenches.
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