OPINION: Thoughts At The Start Of 2024

Wellington Village Manager Jim Barnes

As we wrap up 2023 and the busy holiday season, we are mindful that this time of year is rooted in tradition. In Wellington and the western communities, one of our most timeless traditions is the act of giving back. As you see throughout the year, there are countless charitable efforts that take place in our community. There is no shortage of ways to help your neighbors, and our residents, businesses and non-profits are creative and relentless in making sure needs are met.

As a local government, the Village of Wellington maintains its focus on connection and resilience by connecting those who need help with those who can provide it. All our Wellington team members are in the business of connecting residents in many ways, including to their local government, services and resources.

In addition to fulfilling our mission of providing the best quality of life and environment for our residents, our team also organizes several charitable efforts throughout the year. Our village events connect residents and visitors with world-class experiences that bring a sense of togetherness and joy.

These efforts enhance our resilience, strengthen our connections and contribute to our position as a community of choice.

During the coming year, I hope you have a chance to reflect on the connections you have with your community. You, your families and your businesses play a vital role in shaping our community. Whether you volunteer your time, make financial contributions or offer to help a neighbor in need, you make Wellington a community that embodies the spirit of generosity, and in turn, a great hometown. It’s not just a place to live, it is a place to give. Looking forward to a great 2024. Happy New Year!

Jim Barnes, Wellington Village Manager