Building Relationships for Success

Building relationships for success is no small matter in public life. First and foremost is the relationship between elected officials, and the citizens who have entrusted them to be their eyes and ears, keeping close tabs on the management of the taxpayers money and the quality of services delivered. The more direct these relationships are, the less guesswork and political spin confuses the truth. With today’s technology, political spin is virtual and immediate and most often anonymous and can easily sour relationships that have not been nurtured by good communication.

But relationships don’t stop with voters. Our ability to deliver the basic core critical services providing for the health, safety and welfare of our citizens is only as effective as the ability of elected officials to engage each other and develop working relationships to facilitate problem solving. Never has it been more necessary, or more challenging to deliver on our promise to keep our neighborhoods safe, our businesses flourishing and protect the quality of basic life services than in a floundering economy.

Never has it been more necessary to develop and nurture relationships with one another, with staff, with state and federal agencies, with elected officials in every branch of government, and with our neighboring communities…. than at this moment. It is in that spirit that I have launched a business roundtable to improve relationships with business. Is in that spirit that I have reached out to MAG and to ADot to solve lingering issues with construction of our most critical infrastructure.

In the spirit of building working relationships I have appointed subcommittees of city council members and city staff to work through policy challenges at the local level. A subcommittee on team building is new to Surprise city government, but gives council and staff an chance to brainstorm ways to build on their communication skills together.

It is in the spirit of building relationships and working cooperatively that I have signed a Charter with my Mayoral colleagues on the Grand Avenue Corridor. Together we can make this extraordinary public investment live up to its potential to leverage jobs and clean industry back to the west valley.

It is in the spirit of building relationships that I have travelled to Washington DC to spend time with our Congressional delegation and their staff, and with key members of Congress from other states who influence legislation affecting cities like Surprise. I have met with White House staff and Cabinet members to begin developing relationships that can help our city and its residents. Since January, I have had the opportunity both here and in Washington to renew old relationships and build new ones on behalf of Surprise. We cannot isolate ourselves and expect to be at the table when making decisions with regional and statewide implications.

Any time you see your council, your mayor, your appointed city leaders reaching out to work collaboratively, you should be reminded that that is the spirit which makes this great country work.

No man is an island. No man stands alone. Not in a functioning society. The strength of relationships is a measure of success.