This past week, the town of Cicero was proud to host a jobs fair for which 40 different businesses and business associations had representatives to speak with residents who are unemployed, or looking for work. More than 300 people pre-registered for the job fair, which lasted four hours and was held at the Cicero Community Center adjacent to Town Hall.
In the face of our difficult national and regional economy, one of my priorities has been to strengthen jobs and attract new businesses, because I believe a strong local economy is the foundation of a community's success. Strong and vibrant businesses create an atmosphere that discourages criminal mischief by street gangs. Jobs also help strengthen the family structure.
It all combines into a better, safer and stronger community, which is how I see the town of Cicero.
Some people ask why we host so many events each year. The answer is that these events bring the community together. When we are together, we work together, we share together and we also contribute together towards the betterment of our community.
Communities in which residents are unengaged have the most problems. They have more crime. They have more school failures. They have businesses that struggle to survive.
The town of Cicero is just the opposite. We struggle to achieve. We believe that every child deserves a chance, but that every child also deserves to be raised in the best possible family environment.
The new businesses that are relocating to the town of Cicero are an affirmation of this goal. They are here because they can see the strength of Cicero's families.
As we move forward, we need to work together. We need to respect each other. We need to have pride in our community. We need to shop local and support our businesses. We need to participate in the many events sponsored in Cicero. We can make this a stronger more vibrant community simply by being engaged and involved.
I hope this spirit of involvement spreads. It’s good for everyone.
Larry Dominick is the president of the town of Cicero