PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A joint proclamation was issued Tuesday by Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill and Fort Pierre Mayor Sam Tidball-as the two leaders joined a nationwide effort to recognize the impact of national service. On Tuesday, the mayors joined more than 700 mayors across the country for the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The effort is supported by the US Conference of Mayors, the Cities of Service, the National League of Cities and the Corporation for National and Community Service-and is held to highlight the impact of national service in tackling problems in communities.
Mayor Gill said in a press release that national service has been a vital resource forPierre. She cites AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps participants as having had a positive and lasting impact, and making cities better places to live.
In addition, Mayor Tidball says national service volunteers helped both Fort Pierre and Pierre with recovering from the effects of the 2011 flood. He adds that together with the help of local volunteer groups and citizens, they helped recover our communities and rebuild homes that were devastated by the flood waters.
With fiscal constraints facing government at all levels, mayors are turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to meet city needs. More than 245 Senior Corps volunteers and 100 AmeriCorps members have provided services inPierreandFortPierrein recent years, helping the communities rebuild from the 2011 flooding and more.
Besides Gill and Tidball; mayors in nine other South Dakota cities, from Sioux Falls to Rapid City also signed on for Tuesday’s Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.
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