SUBMITTED BY MAYOR GARY CHRISTENSON
Time flies! It’s been nearly one year since I was sworn in as Mayor of Malden and over the past year there have been many exciting changes and improvements. If I had to pick one I am most proud of it would be the advances we have made in communicating directly with our residents.
We now connect with residents through a variety of mediums –the City website, Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, YouTube, E-newsletters, and monthly online forums–all in an effort to not only keep residents informed and engaged in the community, but to also broaden their participation in government. It’s exciting that as Malden’s Social Media turns one-year old, the followers on Facebook and Twitter hit 2,316 and 1,428 respectively!
We have also placed constituent service representatives in the Mayor’s Office who provide multi-lingual services to Malden’s diverse population. Our Mandarin and Haitian Creole speaking Constituent Services representatives have been instrumental throughout City Hall in translating for our residents.
Business development has been another top priority. Malden has many resources to compete as one of the top destinations in the greater Boston area for new businesses and my administration is working hard to promote our City. I have directed them to have City Hall go from ‘Red Tape’ to ‘Red Carpet’ for new and existing businesses so they feel welcomed and appreciated. Our ongoing goal is to work with businesses to facilitate the licensing and permitting process and to efficiently address their needs.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention as a proud accomplishment our hard work to provide resources for Malden’s youth. The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program was a huge success! We had 335 teens working for the City–nearly triple from the previous year! We will continue this program which offers our future leaders the opportunity to gain work experience, develop essential job skills and connect with their community. Also, we recently opened the Malden Teen Enrichment Center, which provides a safe place for Malden teens to socialize with friends, receive homework assistance, play games, take part in enrichment activities, develop leadership skills, and participate in community service opportunities.
It’s been a great first year and I look forward to an even better year in 2013!
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