The Arc Explained
Cary is in the midst of an exciting challenge: creating a type of local government that doesn’t yet exist. We are doing this by creating next-generation service models that require an adaptive mindset and a new way of thinking to ensure we stay ahead of the curve on trends affecting our community and our society.
This is a bold mission and an opportunity for a community that, by all objective measures, is at the top of its game. In Cary, we are defined by exceptional citizen service. The Cary Way, as it has come to be known, is defined as, “Working together to change lives by exceptional service.” We are consistently ranked one of the safest places to live for a community of our size, maintain AAA bond ratings, and are a Google Fiber City. Our Town has been recognized as a Gold Medal community for the parks, recreation, and cultural resources that we offer our citizens, as well as recognized as an ISO Class 1 Fire Department. These are just a few of our top superlatives. Without a doubt, we are a community with incredible resources and immense talent.
Given our successes, why are we creating the local government that doesn’t exist? The techniques that allowed Cary to thrive over the past 30 years will not keep Cary succeeding over the next 30 years. Imagine an arc. Right now, Cary is at the top of that arc. We can decide together whether we continue to stay at the top or follow in the path of other once-great communities and fall down.
As a community, we are facing distinct problems: an aging population, aging infrastructure, and limited land for development. These challenges can only be addressed with agile, adaptable, and technology-savvy approaches that support risk-taking and creativity in the pursuit of innovation. Commitment to excellence is a defining characteristic of Cary and we are fortunate that the Town’s culture of excellence is set by the Council and, ultimately, our citizens.
Remaining true to our values while finding ways to change and gr ow will allow Cary to stay ahead of the curve, on top of the arc and will create the local government that doesn’t yet exist.