Vision of Progress

Increasingly, the cities (and counties) need to plan and cooperate on a regional scale to rationalize certain services, provide them at more affordable cost to the taxpayers, to assure the whole area is attractive to employers, residents, and visitors, and to have credibility and influence at state and national levels. This will work best if there is some differentiation in character or personality among the several jurisdictions. Each shouldn’t be all things to all people. There will always be competition for this business or that store or restaurant, but that shouldn’t be allowed to preclude identifying common vital interests and cooperating on them. Progress in the 21st century will depend on recognizing when we need to jettison parochialism and acting accordingly. 

– Excerpt from Richland Mayor John Fox from 2006 Richland City Vision
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Ann Roseberry

Ann Roseberry

Ann is a librarian. She has been one since the age of seven, second grade. She discovered the library at Marcus Whitman Elementary and never looked back. Her heroes are librarians and spies.Her home has been invaded by house rabbits and she eats what they do – carrots and parsley.

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  • Becca Lingley

    Yes. So very true.