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Johns Creek Mayor Bodker Outlines New Mission, Vision at State of the City Address

April 22, 2016

State of the City AddressJohns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker announced the City’s new mission and vision during his 10th annual State of the City address at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Friday, April 22.

“Our new mission is quite simple.  To be an exceptional city,” said Bodker.  “The goal was to have a simple, yet aspirational mission statement by which all things could be judged.”

He also highlighted the new vision, which reads, “to provide for an exceptional residential community with ease of movement throughout, an alive town center, and a vibrant business community.”

The new mission and vision were the result of a two-day City Council work retreat in March.  The City Council also identified six specific goals to turn vision into reality and help ensure the long-term sustainability of the city.

The six goals include:

(1)    Focus on Transportation to provide a comprehensive transportation network that facilitates ease of movement throughout the city;
(2)    Ensure a complete Recreation and Parks system that aligns with the goals and needs of Johns Creek;
(3)    Implement a holistic Economic Development plan approach to address infrastructure workforce, community, and land development needs;
(4)    Focus on Government Efficiency to develop an innovative and cost-effective approach to exceptional service delivery;
(5)    Invest in Public Safety; and
(6)    Preserve our residential character and enhance our Sense of Community.

As Johns Creek prepares to mark its 10th anniversary as an incorporated city in 2016, Bodker also recognized the top-ranked school system, highly acclaimed medical facilities, large diverse international population, and highly touted public safety as the foundation of Johns Creek’s reputation as a widely sought after community.

With a new mission, vision, and defined goals in place, the mayor closed his remarks with a call to action for increased public engagement as Johns Creek prepares to move into its second decade.

“God did not put us here at this place and time to be ordinary.  Exceptional ideas come from exceptional people,” said Bodker.  “Let’s continue to write our own history as we began this journey 10 years ago and prove each and every day that we are, and will continue to be nothing less than an exceptional city.”

View a PDF of the mayor's remarks.
Watch the video of the speech.