This week sees the introduction of Morgan Hill on the “Strong Cities | Strong State” website, and it’s the peninsula’s first profiled city. The City of Morgan Hill is located in southern Santa Clara Valley, approximately 12 miles south of San Jose. Thoughtful planning has maintained the City’s charming, small-town atmosphere while also providing over five million square feet of commercial/industrial space, including one of the largest business parks in Silicon Valley. Highlights of Morgan Hill’s profile include the following:
- Connecting Community to Celebration: The Third Street Promenade, completed in 2010, connects the city’s past to its future and provides a place where the whole community can gather.
- Employee Compensation Transparency: In an effort to promote transparency in local government, improve communication with citizens, and disseminate market-driven labor data, the city has published an “Employee Compensation” page on its city website.
- Recreation and Community Services: Since 2001, the community’s Redevelopment Agency has invested over $65 million in new facilities to make it convenient for residents to participate in health and wellness programs and to assist with the City’s economic development and public safety efforts.
Read more, see photos, and connect with Morgan Hill on their new profile here.
Next up is San Gabriel. This birthplace of the Los Angeles region traces its history to 1771 when Mission San Gabriel, “Pride of the California Missions,” was founded. Today, San Gabriel is working on its “Agenda for the Decade,” which includes plans to build infrastructure, enhance community policing, renovate parks, and partner the community with culture. San Gabriel’s success stories include the following:
- Culture and Community Blend: The legendary San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is at the heart of a renaissance that brings together business, tourism, history, the arts and culture.
- Renaissance for Parks: San Gabriel has historically fallen short of state and national standards for parks and open space, but a series of initiatives promise to transform San Gabriel into a city with prized green space.
- Community-Based Policing: San Gabriel has a number of public safety initiatives that keep the City a desirable community, including policing National Night Out 2011, allowing residents to report crime online, and giving residents instant safety alerts delivered to their computer, phone, or cell phone.
Read more, see photos, and connect with San Gabriel on the new city profile here.