LAPORTE | While Mayor Blair Milo may not be able to pinpoint her top accomplishments, she can speak to the joint effort that went into all of the year’s successes.
“It’s so difficult to pick our greatest accomplishments in the first year because we’ve had so many that I’m proud of,” she said. “Perhaps what I’m proudest of with all of these projects, though, is that none of them could have been accomplished by any one individual. It is the fantastic dedication of the LaPorte team, which includes not only city employees and elected officials, but business, non-profit, educational, service organization, faith-based leaders as well as community-minded volunteers.
“When so much of what we hear and face on a daily basis is driven by division, it’s great to be a part of a community that not only recognizes the value in teamwork and unity but gets to enjoy the fruits of those efforts.”
Mayor Milo will be celebrating her year of leadership and looking ahead to her goals for LaPorte during the State of the City Luncheon March 15 at the Best Western Plus, 444 Pine Lake Ave. Registration is at 11 a.m. with the lunch and presentation beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The cost is $22 for LaPorte Chamber of Commerce members and $27 for non-members. To register for the event, visit www.lpchamber.com/stateofcity.htm.
Mayor Milo said the list of city achievements includes: the expansion and introduction of dual rail service to the Thomas Rose Industrial Park, $51.2 million in planned capital investment, the addition of 159 new jobs, the selection of a developer for New Porte Landing, the establishment of Fitness Fridays, the communication with the community through positive news sources and social media, the street paving/sidewalk reconstruction/City Hall refurbishment/street department relocation capital projects, the extension of water main on Zigler Road, the dredging of the channel between Stone and Pine lakes as well as the Taste of LaPorte.
She sees the State of the City Address as an opportunity to focus on these highlights as well as share future goals.
“Communication is critical both inside and out of an organization and since the participation of the citizens of LaPorte is crucial to the success of our mission, this address is as important as every organization’s Annual Report,” she said. “We’d be there all day if I tried to capture every achievement, but I hope to highlight major milestones and accomplishments while further outlining the steps we’ll need to take to continue our rapid momentum of success.
“The timing of the speech and follow on celebratory Mayor’s Ball is of note as well in that we’re right on the cusp of moving from winter to spring, which is my favorite season when nature and seemingly people as well come to bloom after the long, weary days of winter. I like to think that the speech will be coupled with a time of re-invigoration.”
Looking ahead, Mayor Milo is excited for what is on tap for the city: construction of the rail spur into the industrial park, City Hall refurbishment, street department relocation as well as the Maple City Grand Prix, 100th anniversary of Fox Park Celebration and continuation of Fitness Fridays.
“The opportunities for the next year are immense and if I’ve learned anything in my first year it’s to believe in the power of this community, work hard every day towards setting and accomplishing goals and prepare to be amazed by not only the anticipated results, but the unimagined blessings as well,” she said.
The city celebration will continue March 15 with the second annual State of the City Mayor’s Ball from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St. It is a formal yet fun evening of dancing, eating and socializing with the people and businesses of LaPorte featuring the music of The Tom Milo Big Band.
Cost is $100 per couple and the proceeds help fund community projects that are directed toward drug awareness and prevention.
For more information, contact Fran Milo at (219) 363-7977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.