To the Editor: Its spirit makes BG a great small city
Written by Barbara Ruland   
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 09:27
There is so much about Bowling Green for which we can be thankful: a picturesquely inviting downtown; a forward thinking, responsive city government; a world class university; safe neighborhoods; wonderful parks; a great library; a hospital committed to providing the highest quality care; and excellent schools. Many of the qualities that make Bowling Green a wonderful place to live and work are readily apparent, but one of the most important things about our city is not directly observable. That is our civic spirit, and it's behind just about every one of those visible qualities. Since I became the director of Downtown Bowling Green, just about a year ago, I have been in a prime position to see that spirit at work.
Most recently, the Wood County Hospital again showed its commitment to our community with a large purchase of Downtown Dollars for its year-end employee recognition program.
Downtown Dollars help level the playing field for local independent merchants competing against corporate behemoths. Because it is our local independent merchants who give the downtown its unique character, the support of the hospital and the rest of the community for the Downtown Dollars program is vitally important. That support is one of the things for which I am thankful.
Also in the last few weeks, many local companies and organizations, including several with no direct ties to the downtown, have stepped forward to underwrite the Downtown Holly Days events. They did so out of their commitment to our community. That same motive led volunteers from downtown businesses and community groups to spend hours organizing and staffing the events, as well as decorating for the holidays. In fact, we estimate that volunteers donated more than 1,300 hours to downtown projects over the last year, including landscaping, litter control, and special events. For all of that, I am grateful.
There are many other instances I could cite, both in respect to the downtown organization and to others, where different groups have pulled together for the good of all. That spirit makes Bowling Green a great small city, and is one thing for which we can all be grateful.
Barbara Ruland
Bowling Green

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