December 21, 2015 by meliorgroup
Taking a cue from Time Magazine’s just-announced Person of the Year, we’ve created the Melior Person of the Moment, a happy nod to individuals who influence our community and the region.
Our inaugural Melior Person of the Moment is none other than the Honorable Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia who ends his term in just a couple of short weeks.
Why is he our Melior Person of the Moment? Here are just some highlights of Mayor Nutter’s tenure in office:
- Took the helm in 2008 during a national financial crisis that trickled down to the local government sector
- Implemented Philly 311 to provide residents an easy to use system to obtain information on city services
- Increased ethical transparency and accountability
- Introduced several sustainability initiatives – Melior was fortunate to work with the Department of Sustainability on its EnergyWorks program
- Improved visibility for Philadelphia and the region at a national and global level by encouraging large scale concerts and events to be held in the City (for example, Made in America, DNC 2016, the Pope Francis visit)
Throughout his tenure, we’ve also enjoyed the Mayor’s direct and realistic language to get his point across… often reflecting what the average reasonable person is thinking.
In 2008 when the Phillies won the World Series, Mayor Nutter spoke to the public about behavior. The night of the big win, the celebratory nature of the citizens of and visitors to the City got out of hand and he needed to take control in planning the parade through Center City, telling the public: “You can be joyous, but you can’t be a jackass.”
And, we don’t know any other mayor in the country who semi-regularly performs Rappers’ Delight as Mix Master Mike. [See his performance at Philadelphia’s annual Philly Fourth of July celebration here: http://6abc.com/entertainment/video-mayor-nutters-drop-the-mic-performance-of-rappers-delight/829440/]
In our view from Walnut Street, one thing about his tenure was perfectly clear: his love for Philadelphia and its people. He has shown a deep respect for the community and business leaders. Thank you, Mayor Nutter, for shepherding Philadelphia through some tough economic times, providing a balance of realism and lightheartedness and being the champion that our City needed.