Transformation and “The Riverside Way” key in mayor’s state of the city address
The torch was passed December 11, 2012 from then Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge to newly-elected Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey, III and last week, Mayor Bailey during the 36th Annual Mayor’s State of the City Address, rolled out his plan for “The Riverside Way” to a packed crowd of more than 800 at the renovated Riverside Auditorium.
Associating the rainy weather to his years as an Army helicopter pilot at West Point, Riverside’s 17th mayor Bailey stated, “when it rains on graduation day, it means the class is destined for war, in Riverside when it rains on a state of the city address, it means that the mayor is ready to grow.”
During the 30-minute address, Bailey outlined his plan for a collaborative, welcoming, relational Riverside that he referred to as “The Riverside Way.”
He asked the audience how do they build bridges and relationships through conversations in the city today? He stated, that through his conversations with leaders and residents of the city, he discovered, “… our city is responsive and responsible, dynamic and sustainable, inclusive and intelligent. These are the words that I believe best exemplify and describe our city.”
Mayor Bailey outlined a four-pillar strategy stating for pillar-one that Riverside is poised to be the catalyst for innovation and he would focus on education and economic development during his tenure. One of his top priorities he stated would be the school of medicine. Other key points was a plan for a streetcar system, retaining Mayor’s Night Out, Riverside Long Nights of Arts and Innovation, and implementing Bike with the Mayor which had its kick-off this past Saturday.
The 2nd pillar Mayor Bailey pointed out is intelligent growth. Growing businesses in Riverside by becoming the 21st century transportation network. Pillar three was that Riverside is the location of choice. Telling the Riverside story. Pillar four represented a unified city. Mayor Bailey challenged the city to unite. One way in doing so is through a fit, fresh and fun community.
He ended the address by challenging the audience, “what is your destiny in Riverside?”
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