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'This year's Family Fiesta reminded me of why we created the event two years ago.'

Corinne WeissWhen I met and spoke with a Hillsboro mom recently at the City of Hillsboro's Family Fiesta at M & M Marketplace, it was heartwarming to hear how she and her family recently moved here, and to see how excited they were to learn about the great things our community has to offer. They asked for recommendations on things to do and eagerly took a copy of our park map, activities guide and library events guide to peruse.

Even though I was born and raised on Jackson School Road, and I have worked for the city for more than a decade, I'm still delighted at how many new neighbors I get to meet with unique backgrounds and life experiences. Getting to know this active mom — how she and her family are busily getting settled in, and how much they want to get to know Hillsboro and be involved — helped me remember how very fortunate we all are to live in a place with so many opportunities to make connections and enjoy common interests. I want everyone to know about the amazing things that Hillsboro has to offer so that hopefully they can find the time in their busy schedules to take advantage of all of the city's amenities, programs and services.

This year's Family Fiesta reminded me of why we created the event two years ago — to make sure City of Hillsboro employees are accessible in a place where people go on their own time with friends and family, and to create connections that otherwise would not happen. From firefighters and police officers to building inspectors and planners, our employees know that the community puts its trust in us so that they can focus on other life priorities, like time with loved ones.

We organized the Family Fiesta to include art activities, a photo booth, and more — and not just to provide a fun experience. Our higher priority with the Family Fiesta is to introduce community members to the City of Hillsboro government by showing our employees' humanity and how much we care about people like the mom I met.

The City of Hillsboro is not a building in downtown, or a name on a door. The City of Hillsboro is a collection of people who work in local government with a purpose: making our own community a great place to live. If not for the Family Fiesta event, I don't know if I would have met this mom and had a conversation with her, but I'm very glad we connected. I hope we can all connect more often.

Corinne Weiss is a Glencoe High School graduate and is the communications and marketing director for the City of Hillsboro.


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