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Your Views: Freitag wise to push city of Janesville's mission statement

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April 9, 2014

I commend Janesville City Manager Mark Freitag for the effort to develop a mission statement and strategic long-term plan for the city of Janesville.

Mission statements have been a part of my life for more than 40 years. To operate any enterprise without goals sets an organization up for the multiple failures of misspent resources and lost opportunities.

A mission statement is the supreme baton that is passed on by a revolving door of custodians, city managers, council members and planning committees, each having its flag to stake. Mission statements focus everyone when distractions crowd in with pet projects and special-interest groups.

Should Janesville want to provide transportation corridors, civil buildings, jobs and quality of life, it needs to plan above the pettiness of self-serving projects that some leaders propose. Obstructions are recognized for what they are. In order to provide for the greater good, a mission statement will focus the use of limited resources.

Absent a mission statement, without a historical path to follow, the elders and corporate benefactors will desert this city, taking their wealth out and never looking back.

Too often, I have seen this town sacrifice a project proposed, hindered by a few individuals or budgetary restrictions because the resources have not been prioritized according to the vision of a mission statement. A mission statement gives this city and its administration directions and goals. Without a mission statement, there are no perceived tomorrows.

JEFFREY W. HELGESEN

President

Helgesen Development

Janesville



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