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A Passion for Life


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By KEN LARSON
Sun Advocate publisher

Hat's off to Price City Mayor Joe Piccolo, the city council and the entire city staff for being chosen as the one of the most livable small cities in the nation. Recently Price City was notified that it was to be selected to receive the Champion of Industry 300 Award. The announcement will be made on CNN's Headline news. Price was the only small city selected in Utah.

The selection was based on the city's high quality of life and features including parks and recreation programs, the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum and the health facility. In addition the evaluators looked at Price being the hub of an entire scenic region, with national forests and several national parks within driving distance. The committee that made the selection saw Price as a leader in innovative technology and as a diverse community working together. Other criteria used in making the determination included our Nine Mile Canyon "Art Gallery", Century 21's Quality of Growth Community and CEU, our higher education institution.

These, alone with other accomplishments, have garnered the award, "Champion of Industry 2004." The award is sponsored by Pat Summerall Productions. Basic considerations for the award include rate of growth, ingenuity, size, financial strength, and contributions to the community.

While I was visiting with Joe about this award several things occurred to me. As I work closely with the Chamber of Commerce, the Helper merchants and the Price City Mainstreet project I am amazed how often I hear the question, "What are you going to do for me?" and "Who is going to fix this problem?"

It reminds me of a saying I heard a long time ago.

"Remember that every time you point a finger at someone else or something else, you have three pointing back at yourself."

I realize I am probably preaching to the choir but I can't help but think that the Chamber, civic organizations, business groups, the local government and schools, cannot do anything for you or your business, but you can. Together we can change a lot, but individually, by ourself, we struggle.

It wasn't just the city that won this award, it was all of us. We have worked together, the entire community, to earn the recognition that we have a lot to offer. Over the years a lot of effort has been put into the areas of consideration that ultimately won us the best livable community.

If every group, organization and government entity would have pointed the finger to someone else, asking "What's in it for me?" or "What are you going to do to fix this?" not only wouldn't we have what we have but we would be handcuffed from accomplishing anything.

Personally I try never to complain about anything unless I am willing to get off my butt and make a difference. The old finger-pointing-back example I used earlier also reminds me that I should do three times more work or action than I do complaining about what somebody else is either doing or not doing. If I see a problem or feel something needs to be changed, what is stopping me from taking action and working on the solution rather than wallowing in the problem and blaming someone else.

I don't know about the other 50 small cities that were chosen, but personally I feel Price is an incredible place to live and one that gives me a lot of pride and satisfaction.


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