Garner has received its share of awards and recognitions of late. The town has been recognized for all manner of things, from livability to dedication to veterans and other things big and small. The key to it all has been civic pride.
It’s that kind of civic pride that has catapulted the town into the Elite 8 of the N.C. League of Municipalities Hometown Showdown.
Now, we realize as far as contests go this may not be the most prestigious win the town of Garner has ever had – or will ever recieve. But there’s a reason Garner has dispatched Holly Springs and Clayton in successive weeks in this contest. Folks in Garner are brimming with that civic pride to the point that they are willing to take their time to vote in a little online contest for the town they call home.
And, so why, you might ask, does it matter? We’re glad you asked.
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Civic pride is not only a measure of a community’s success at managing its affairs, it’s also a good barometer of that town’s ability to be inclusive of a wide variety of opinions and responsive to the wants and needs of the people who live there.
People who feel like they are listened to at town hall are more likely to provide even more input and they are less likely to take their marbles and go home when they don’t get their way.
Civic pride also matters because it means those people who lead our town can expend their energies and creative efforts looking for newer, more imaginative ways to meet the needs and provide improved services to the townspeople. They aren’t stuck waging political battles that generally produce only winners and losers.
And it means the people who live in Garner can also focus on positive efforts in their community, instead of having to battle with town hall to prevent bad ideas from coming into vogue.
It’s way too early to tell if Garner will cut down the nets at the end of the Hometown Showdown. But win or lose, the town of Garner has, once again, put on its display of civic pride and that’s something we can all be thankful for.