As many of you know, my wife and I have made the decision to leave the Springfield community as the result of a career transition; We will be transitioning to Omaha, Nebraska over the next few months. Given that we announced our decision in early February, we’ve had the unique opportunity to reflect, perhaps at greater length than most, on our lives as we close one chapter and prepare to begin another. It won’t come as a surprise to anyone that my first reflection is about the people in our community. Springfield is fortunate to be large enough to have the resources of a larger city while maintaining the ability of community members to share a strong network. Even as a lifelong resident, I continue to be impressed by the people within our community and their willingness to step up, reach out, and do whatever possible to strengthen our community as a whole. Simply put, I have been made better by the people in this community.
As I mentioned, Springfield is uniquely positioned as a larger community with the network and connectedness of a smaller one. This brings me to my second reflection: As a community we can’t take for granted the significant strength that comes from our connectedness and we should do whatever possible to perpetuate it. As Springfield grows an effort must be made to ensure that the fabric of our community’s connectedness – our chamber, government, schools, business leaders, and others must maintain a strong connection. All too often we watch as other communities lose sight of the importance of maintaining connectedness through growth which leads to the deterioration of all the great things that spurred the growth initially.
I’ve been privileged to be a part of this community, to lead and to be led, to be offered a hand up and to offer one myself. There aren’t words to express my gratitude to the countless friends, family members, business partners and colleagues that have made this place so special to me. Springfield will always be my home and I can’t wait to share its story with any Nebraskan who will listen!