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Roy Otto, Greeley City Manager(July 2014)

ACE Leaders Gather Ideas & Energy in Kalamazoo

What an inspiring trip to Kalamazoo for our Greeley delegation! Last month a group of motivated business, government, education and nonprofit leaders traveled from Greeley to Kalamazoo, Michigan to attend an annual Impact and Legacy Summit.

The group returned inspired and ready to get to work as part of the ACE (Achieving Community Excellence) initiative. You may be wondering, “What’s ACE?”

Greeley City Council has established four community priorities (Image, Safety, Economic Health and Development and Infrastructure and Growth). Within the Infrastructure and Growth priority they established a Civic Infrastructure objective. The purpose of this objective is to engage community members in order to support civic development and services, such as creating a premier educational system, cultivating new economic opportunities, and improving the community’s image. ACE is a tool to achieve these things by partnering with professionals at all levels of the community to build and align principled positive relationships. We believe that the power of these relationships creates excellence.

ACE began in 2012 as a strategy to fill an athletics gap. The first step saw the City’s Recreation Division staff modify its programs to register middle school age students for school-affiliated athletic opportunities. In addition and in cooperation with School District staff, curriculum was developed to help coaches maintain their required certifications. Understanding that athletics is not the only endeavor where students can excel and grow, the City reached out to visual and performing arts teachers. Through Greeley’s Creative District and the City’s Culture Division, a scholarship program for students and a speaker series for teachers were initiated.

What came from the Kalamazoo trip is the new-found realization that the entire community, not just City government, can develop relationships that result in a synergy that creates successes at many levels. After Kalamazoo, those leaders are ready to take ACE to the next level.

Roy H. Otto
Greeley City Manager
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