Be a Doer. . . Get Involved
Membership and participation is a continuous effort and it involves everyone to communicate to others the importance of the full involvement of businesses and citizens.
–David Pope, Ferguson Focus, May, 1989
As was yesterday, is today! Being a part of something that is bigger than an in- dividual is the only way we can grow our community. It’s always been that way and will always be that way.
Brian Fletcher has spearheaded the “I ‘heart’ Ferguson” campaign in an ef- fort to show the metro area as well as the nation and world what Ferguson is all about. Fletcher and his group has helped our community come together to tell everyone why Ferguson is our ‘Community of Choice.’ If you don’t have your yard sign or T-shirt, you will find someone at the Corner Coffee House to help you. Together, we can show the world what it means to be a community.
There are others that have stepped up. Ferguson Proud is a Face Book group that has been supporting all of the businesses in Ferguson. They not only back the businesses that have seen horrible things happen to their business loca- tion, but also the ones that have lost revenue because their customers do not want to get caught up in the middle of the commotion.
We are all in this together. If our local businesses are not able to operate as usual, they lose revenue. If they lose revenue, the city loses revenue from the lack of tax dollars being generated. If the city doesn’t generate enough money from the businesses through their sales, our roads, parks and other infrastruc- ture are neglected. It is up to us as citizens to remind our neighbors and friends that our community needs them to continue on our journey to make the place we live, the place we raise our children, the best place that it can be.
Now is the time to get involved. We will bring Ferguson back to what it was! Let’s take the time, step up and make it happen.
Every third Thursday of the month is The Ferguson Special Business District board meeting. We meet at 5:30pm in the offices of Pearce Neikirk and Associ- ates located at 427 S. Florissant Road. Our next meeting is October 16 and all businesses in the downtown district are invited. All I am asking is that all busi- nesses join together and help put Ferguson in a positive spotlight!
Until next month, I’ll be walking ‘The Walk,’ taking the steps to move Ferguson forward! Would you like to join me?