Dean joins mayors at Gracie Mansion

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 2:42am

Mayor Karl Dean convened in New York on Thursday to help launch a coalition of mayors from across the country who are seeking to encourage volunteer service in their communities.

Dean was invited to New York as part of the new Cities of Service initiative, which aims to get citizens involved in community service. Dean was one of 16 mayors invited by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is leading the effort.

“As the capital city for the Volunteer State, my goal is for Nashville to be a leading city in this national service initiative. Nashville is known as Music City and one of the friendliest cities in America — we’re a city with tremendous talent and good will. We need to put those attributes to work in our neighborhoods and our schools,” Dean said.

The 17 mayors met at a summit held at Gracie Mansion in New York and shared ideas and volunteer opportunities unique to their cities. At the end, the mayors signed a Declaration of Service commitment, which aims to tap into new ways to use volunteers in America’s cities. The mayors came from cities large and small across the country.

The coalition will utilize support from the Rockefeller Foundation to provide technical assistance and other support to member mayors, including funding full-time Chief Service Officers in select cities to develop and implement comprehensive service programs.

The summit at Gracie Mansion occurred just five months after the passage of the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and the day before the anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, the newly designated National Day of Service and Remembrance.

“The historic, bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act promises ‘a new era of service’ in America — and America’s mayors can help lead the way in making it a reality,” Bloomberg said. “Cities around the country are facing enormous challenges, and mayors have an opportunity to make the most of our greatest asset: public-spirited citizens and organizations.”

8 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 9/11/09 at 3:00

Can't get much further left then Bloomberg who changes partys like he changes his socks.

By: govskeptic on 9/11/09 at 8:18

Our previous mayor joined such a group and was selected
to head up the homeless coalition. After the press releases he came home, passed the ball and all remained the same.

By: trtay2004 on 9/11/09 at 9:18

Way to go Mayor. Anything that makes our city look great, I'll highly recognize. Thanks for standing out in a positive way.

By: dogmrb on 9/11/09 at 9:36

Can't get much smarter or richer than Bloomberg either. It's been a gift to Nashville to have three consecutive Mayors who are intellectually smart, sophisticated and able to manage us Nashville cats - domestic, wild and pole.

By: idgaf on 9/11/09 at 10:08

Yea all big spenders just like bloomberg.

Socialism works until you run out of other peoples money to spend. Lady thatcher.

By: dogmrb on 9/11/09 at 1:10

You probably think all the "isms" are the same, except capitalism. You are not much of a student of history if you are implying that Lady Thatcher and American sidekick, Reagan, were socialist.

By: govskeptic on 9/11/09 at 6:26

dogmrb: You left out the most important cats of all: "The cool cats" -that would be me and Mr. Cool himself "The
El Presidente!

By: dogmrb on 9/11/09 at 9:00