Choose superior futureAttitude is defined in Webster’s as “the way you think and feel about someone or something, and a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person’s behavior.” I think they should add one more point: It’s a choice.
By: Kevin Boreen, Superior Telegram
Attitude is defined in Webster’s as “the way you think and feel about someone or something, and a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person’s behavior.” I think they should add one more point: It’s a choice.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank several leaders in Superior past and present that have made the choice to have a positive attitude, and in-turn have made incredible contributions to lead, pull, cajole the people of Superior to see the great things we have happening in our community.
Chancellor Emeritus Julius Erlanbach: Anyone that has been to a speech given by Erlanbach has heard his trademark phrase: “It’s another beautiful day in Superior, Wisconsin.” No matter what the weather, Erlanbach lightened the day with this positive, upbeat message.
Have you driven or walked through the UWS campus lately? Do it. You will be impressed. The campus has been transformed under Erlanbach’s leadership and now boasts a new student center (Yellowjacket Union), new academic building (Swenson Hall), completely remodeled residence halls and more.
Julius retired several years ago, and the university is now under the strong, caring leadership of Renee Wachter and she continues to build on Erlanbach’s base.
David Minor, chief executive officer of the Chamber of Superior-Douglas County for longer than I can remember, has been relentless in spreading his positive message about Superior for decades.
Minor recently led the charge, partnering with WITC, on a community event called “Superior Manufacturers Revealed”. The vision was to provide an opportunity for the community to actually see the products that are being manufactured right here in our own town.
Kestrel Air brought a prototype cockpit section of their future plane that people could sit in; Exodus had on display an 111,000-pound material handling machine; Field Logic brought archery targets and more. The evening was a great success with nearly 300 residents showing up.
Mayor Bruce Hagen is on his second stint as mayor of Superior and the calls are already being made to encourage him to seek re-election. Hagen believes there are three primary foundations needed to build our community — image, infrastructure and business development. Hagen is attacking all three foundations at once. His vision for Superior far exceeds where we are today and he is driven to make it happen.
Image: Improving the “first impressions” by adding impressive new signage and landscaping, welcoming people to our community. This is just the start. It won’t stop there.
Infrastructure: Have you taken a drive down the new section of Tower Avenue yet? You will be impressed.
Thank you Mayor Hagen and all others that made it happen — for not just slapping down a road — but putting thought into the type of downtown environment we want.
Business development: I can tell you from personal experience Hagen is pro-business. His strong support, leadership and vision were instrumental in helping Exodus Machines expand in Superior. The city of Superior and Douglas County took “outside the box thinking” to a new level.
There are so many others — former Mayor David Ross, Planning Director Jason Serck, County Administrator Andy Lisak, Development Association Director Michelle Hostetler and more. These and many others have chosen to play a part of the positive change that is happening in Superior.
What’s your choice? Remember, attitude is a choice. I, for one, am making the choice to play a positive role and I would encourage you to do the same. We are on the cusp of a great run in Superior. Please choose to play a positive part in helping us move forward.
Kevin Boreen is chief executive officer of Exodus Machines in Superior.