I toured redevelopment projects in Boise, Idaho and Las Vegas, Nevada. Similar to my time in Greenville, South Carolina, 3 weeks ago, these latest visits are part of my continuing research into the strategies, plans and accomplishments of U.S. cities that are successfully redeveloping.

Combined with 3 other visits to projects in Los Angeles and Oakland, California, I have a much better idea of what works and what doesn’t work in urban development. Each is unique. Some are public-private partnerships and some are private investments. All involved some risk by the cities and developers regardless of their public or private nature.

Without exception each project was led by a visionary leader. I was very impressed and grateful for the openness and time that public officials, business people, and ordinary folks on the street gave me to tell me about their cities and projects.

We truly live in a wonderful country. Having said that, it’s good to be home in Cobb County.

Another week that saw me not only meeting voters but also took me to Greenville, SC.  I learned how the city lost their Braves minor league team over a dispute about funding a new stadium and acquired another minor league team whose organization built the stadium for the city.  They also threw in some trolley’s as shuttles as part of the deal . If this sounds familiar, it should.

But the most inspiring event was being at the finish line at the Shepherd Center on Sunday when the Shepherd’s Men–12 veterans–completed their 911 mile run from New York City to support a fund raising campaign for the Shepherd Center. America still makes warriors like they used to–and these heroes proved it.

One word summarizes my travels around Cobb this week: Fun I participated in many programs this week that exemplified the many, many ways that people in Cobb enrich the lives of others either through informational forums, volunteer projects, and political activity.

Also gratifying this week was that no matter where I went, I encountered friends and supporters. It is becoming increasingly clear to me that many people believe it is time for a change in the leadership of Cobb government. I am asking them to make Boyce their Choice. Your voice matters and I am asking you to join our team by clicking on the volunteer button.
Mike