As we emerge from the pandemic, continuing to ensure that Sammamish is a safe environment where individuals and families can thrive. Also recognizing the importance of accessible resources and support systems for mental health. By working collaboratively, we can make the process of discovering where to begin to reach out for help and support.
Sammamish is blessed with an inspiring natural world. One of the best indicators of the health of our natural world is our salmon population. Ensuring the revival of our fresh water Kokanee Salmon is a worthy project. Establishing Sammamish as a Tree City would further our environmental goals and sustain our natural elements. There are many more local environmental projects we could accomplish together as a community who cherishes the natural world.
Supporting our local businesses is a key element to driving the fiscal health of our City. By prioritizing the development of a comprehensive local business directory, we can effectively showcase and uplift our vibrant business community, both those with physical storefronts and those operating in less visible capacities. In addition, there are numerous other collaborative projects we can undertake to foster economic growth. One such project is the organization of a job fair in partnership with our local Chamber of Commerce. This initiative would connect job seekers with local employment opportunities, empowering individuals while simultaneously bolstering our local economy.
Sammamish is fortunate to maintain a debt-free status, a commendable achievement. However, it is crucial to address the ongoing trend of drawing from our general fund to cover expenses. To secure a more sustainable future, we must explore avenues to increase revenues and effectively manage rising costs.
This is how we build a more inclusive, connected and accepting community. Working with community based organizations has been some of my most rewarding experiences. We must continue to foster a spirit of giving back to our community. We can begin this by establishing a volunteer open house to highlight where residences of all ages can donate their time and passion to local causes of their choice or learn more about civic engagement and work with our commissions.