Friday, December 20, 2013

Aimee's Final Farewell

Aimee Winder Newton
It is with a bit of sadness that I write my last post on Taylorsville Tidbits. This blog was started in the spring of 2011 when I was frustrated with some decisions made by the then-current elected officials. I used it as a forum to get information out to the public, so that Taylorsville residents would know what was happening in their city.

At the time I didn't realize that four months later I would be working as the city's Communications Director. When that happened, this blog was starting to gain traction and I had to delete my previous (and somewhat snarky) posts.

As a city administration we made the decision to continue with Taylorsville Tidbits as a way to inform the public about current issues facing the city. We link our posts on the city's Facebook and Twitter accounts. It has made for a good little history book of the things going on in the city.

Two months ago I made the decision to run for Salt Lake County Council, and knew it would be problematic to continue serving as the spokesperson for the city. Today is my last day as the Taylorsville City Communications Director. I am hopeful that our new mayor will replace this position over the next month or so, but in the meantime we have a great intern from the U, Ariel Maikowski, who may continue to blog from time to time.

I've now worked for the city for almost 2 1/2 years and it has been an amazing ride. I've worked for two tremendous mayors, as well as council members who care more about this city than you can imagine. We've grown our social media, enhanced media relationships, received more positive news coverage of the city than ever before, rebranded the city with a new logo, and have provided information to the residents of Taylorsville in various formats - city newsletter in the Taylorsville Kearns Journal, e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Channel 17, and mailers explaining complicated issues, like the budget.

I've been involved with the city for over 17 years and will miss the daily association with wonderful volunteers, dedicated elected officials, and amazing staff, who have become my good friends.

Taylorsville is a wonderful place to live. I've lived here since I was six years old and my husband and I are raising our four children here. We love the schools, the people, and the city. I am confident that in coming years we will see a revitalized Taylorsville with a stronger business base, as I know our staff is working very hard to see that come to fruition. I am grateful for the stellar customer service that we get from the city and our service providers. I think we would be shocked to learn that not every city operates as well, and it's something I sometimes take for granted.

My parting words to Taylorsville Tidbits readers is this... find a way to make your community better. We have a myriad of city committees, we have service projects needed citywide, and we need good people willing to run for office. Find a way to give back to your community. I promise you won't regret it!

Signing off.

- Aimee Winder Newton

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