Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Terrorist Attacks Bring Together Family of Local Leaders

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Terrorist Attacks Bring Together Family of Local Leaders

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The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were clearly designed to be attacks on the comfort, confidence and psyche of all of us in America. They have failed. There is the collective and personal shock and horror at the physical and human destruction, which as I write is beyond calculation. We share the collective images of hijacked planes creating fireballs in the belly of the World Trade Center, the dismay at the evil of the terrorists, and an outpouring of support.

At the personal level, Americans across the country are lining up by the thousands to give blood; individuals are opening their homes to stranded airlines passengers; college students are holding prayer vigils all in an effort to engage, and move beyond helplessness.

For those in the municipal family, we share the same human responses and in addition appreciate the critical significance of government and elected officials in providing emergency services and visible leadership. The quick and sustained response of the police, firefighters and EMS professionals to this terrorist attack is expected and even taken for granted by the public and reflects the professionalism of public employees. Local governments are providing equipment, manpower and other resources to New York, Washington and Arlington County. And state leagues and local officials across the country have reached out to respond to additional requests for support and assistance.

I have been particularly gratified by the outpouring of concern, support and offers of help we are receiving from representatives of cities and elected officials around the world. …

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