Letter from Kim Brooks
I want to express my sincere gratitude to the hundreds of people who gave their talent, time, and resources to make MyMarinetteMenominee an overnight success. Thank you for proving what we all knew was true: this is a phenomenal place to live, learn, work and play. We can all be proud of the tangible unity that we accomplished together.
While I am frustrated that Marinette and Menominee were not elevated into the top tier of the Small Business Revolution, I know that our team gave it their maximum effort. We left everything on the field, and I have never been more proud to be a part of something. Scores of gifted people gave their hearts and souls because they wanted to make our community a better place. Now, it is up to us to keep that momentum going.
This grass-roots effort was never been about winning a contest. My friend Keith Killen and I had hoped we would be able to use this tool to propel our twin cities into the important work of community development and the revitalization of our downtowns. We want to build a more vibrant community that will thrive for generations to come.
Wonderful things, both big and small, happened as a result of this process: our two high school bands played together for the first time in history, a common message of unity now spans the interstate bridge, our towns have two namesake songs and a jingle, competitors worked together for a common goal, and on and on.
Yesterday was a set back. Our goals will take a little bit longer to achieve, but we will get there. And, we will do it together. The talent that has surfaced through this process is inspiring. I am personally emboldened by the energy and enthusiasm that this challenge unleashed.
Looking back, there isn't a single thing that I would have changed. In the end, our unified towns were too geographically disparate for Small Business Revolution's liking. Please stay tuned and stay engaged. Help us build the more vibrant community we all deserve.
My Deepest Thanks, Kim