Today is a really exciting day, and I want to share some wonderful news with you all. I am SO excited and PROUD to announce that Charleston has won the 2017 Governor's Hometown Award! This is a HUGE honor for our community and EIU. This couldn’t have been done without all the countless hours put in by several members of our city staff who worked off the clock on this project, as well as many volunteers from the community who helped us with a video presentation. We partnered with WEIU on this project, and I cannot commend them enough for the amazing work they did to help us win this award. This gives us ALL something to be proud of & be on the lookout for more announcements to come on this amazing achievement and what it means for our community. It is a privilege and an honor to serve our amazing community as your mayor. God bless this community, and thank you again for allowing me to serve each and every one of you who call Charleston 'home.'