We must capitalize on governor’s visit

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 12, 2002

Troy and Pike County once again are asked to put their best foot forward on Monday as Gov. Don Siegelman comes to town.

The governor’s visit is part of his "Communities of Excellence" tour, which brings him to communities that could benefit from the spinoff industries associated with Hyundai’s $1 billion assembly plant to be built in Hope Hull.

Part promotion, part assessment, the tour will allow community leaders a chance to showcase their assets for the governor and members of the TEAM Alabama group; moreover, we’ll get feedback from the TEAM Alabama representatives on what we did well, what we can do to improve.

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It’s an important opportunity for us to showcase our community, and each resident can help by taking the time today to spruce up yards and businesses. We can wear our smiles and brush off our hospitality. And we can show the community pride and spirit that help make Troy and Pike County such a desirable place to live.

In short, we can put our best foot forward when the governor comes, and we can expect our community leaders to do the same. They must sell the assets of our community in less than two hours, and they must be convincing and effective.

Granted, it’s a short visit. But if we do this right, we can make quite a positive impression in an hour.

It’s an opportunity we simply

must seize.  

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