City of Monroe sets new 2019 focus

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The City of Monroe is setting its sights on building community relations in 2019. Each year, the city chooses a theme for employees to focus on and for every sector of the community to get involved in.

Monroe mayor reflects on 2018 and talks new year expectations.

This year’s theme: “Let’s wake up and embrace our people, address our challenges, and celebrate our potential through powerful partnerships.” Mayor Jamie Mayo says this expands on last year’s theme: “City employee community benevolent acts.”

Mayo says he wants people to support local businesses, charities, arts, and people in need. He says last year, the city had success by partnering with The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and other organizations. He says he wants to partner with even more groups this year to bring people together.

"This is not just a governmental issue or challenge or problem. This is a community issue, so we're going to be calling on clubs and organizations to help us,” Mayo says. “Of course, when morale improves, productivity, effectiveness, as well as efficiency, all improve."

One major takeaway from last year was the community conversation on race. Mayo says people learned so much last year that he's planning at least one or two more conversations this year. Mayo says this time around, he wants to build on the progress that's already made.

"We want to make sure we strengthen the unity in our community regardless of race, creed, color, religious preferences, and political persuasion, whatever the case may be."

So far, a date for the meeting has not been set.

The mayor says the community involvement kicks off at the 40th Annual Birthday Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It will be on Thursday, January 10 at the Monroe Civic Center from 11:30 AM until 1 PM.