Dave Fortier makes a confession… and by doing so, shines light on the best part of Bristol Rising:
In some ways, when it comes to Bristol Rising, I am a weak link:
I do not show up for every meeting
I miss important announcements
I tend to feel bad not being able to keep up. For instance, I missed the
West End clean-up. But I do make it to as many events as possible
Eventually, I get reconnected and reinvigorated
So… here is my point. Even though I cannot be everywhere and do everything,
I can still be a part of the action. So can you, anyone.
Bristol Rising is people, like you and me. All of us busy. But the difference
is that none of us has to feel like we have to do everything alone or by
ourselves because someone is willing to lend a hand. Somehow, over the
long haul, we share the burden.
When I got involved in Bristol Rising, I thought I knew a lot of people in Bristol.
And I do.
But I did not know the people whom I would soon rub elbows, so to speak, in
helping Bristol develop its city center/downtown and re-energize
The list just goes on and on: Dave H, Sarah J, Jess P, Charlie C, Robin M,
Michelle SP, Mike S, BB&K, Mike S, the Renaissance guys — Ryan P,
Mark W., and Neil, Terry and Victor L, and Mark P, and many more.
Of course, the list already included many others, such as, Lindsay V, Andy
A, Jessie G, Gina S, Athena and Huck, and so many others.
No doubt, I am a Bristol Rising cheerleader. I love what is happening
downtown. I love what Renaissance Downtowns is doing with its
crowd-sourcing approach to development. I love that so many people are
playing a part.
And- this is the truth- even though I do not know exactly what is happening
this week, I do know things are getting done. Because even when I am not
there, someone is. I only hope when they cannot be there, I will.