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
Email City Manager Otto