If you’re a leader-- on the move in public administration-- the Finger Lakes, and, specifically, the City of Geneva, is a great place to be!
At community-based ward meetings which provided an opportunity for citizen input on the city manager search, many City Councilors expressed a willingness to extend the application deadline, if that’s what it takes to field a pool of the most qualified applicants in an open search process.
We are glad Council got over its fears of being manger-less for a few months while the search progressed to its natural, unforced outcome. A commitment to getting the best person seems to have, rightly, overtaken the sense of urgency about simply filing the position.
The initial application deadline of February 1 is rapidly approaching. It’s not too late for last minute applications from dynamic professionals who appreciate the excitement and opportunities that our City has to offer! So many folks live in Geneva by choice, essentially for the quality of life it provides. Capraro always jokes about an economic development initiative that would simply charge visitors admission to participate in the amenities many of us enjoy on a daily basis!
The City of Geneva has a great deal to offer. For a city manager on the rise in his/her profession, the City’s department heads and rank and file employees bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and commitment on which to build an exciting future. For a more seasoned professional, there are several key opportunities for revitalization with the introduction of best practices inspired by other communities and state-of-the-art thinking from the experts. For a mid-career manager, Geneva is a place that certainly has the staying power you might be looking for in order to make your mark on the world.
If the spectacular landscape, quaint historical architecture, and a rapidly expanding wine region aren’t enough to capture your imagination, consider five more compelling reasons for deciding that Geneva is the place to be:
- An incredibly diverse group of residents who call Geneva ‘home.’ From descendants of Geneva’s earliest settlers, to people who moved in last week; from baby boomers aging in place, to young families creating a homestead; and with virtually every racial, ethnic, social, economic, religious, and cultural backgrounds represented, Geneva is blessed with a mix of perspectives and personalities that make Geneva a progressive community on the move.
2. A diversified and expanding economic base. Geneva is home to nationally known liberal arts colleges, a world-class research university, and a community college on the rise (Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, and Finger Lakes Community College, respectively), a community-based health care organization and an excellent hospital, a downtown which has found a balance between contemporary growth and respect for tradition, an ever-expanding tourism industry, and progressive manufacturing and financial institutions.
3. A successful urban school district offering premier courses. The Geneva City School District has its challenges, but it is able to respond to the needs of students across the continuum of learning. We take pride in the fact that each year our highest-achieving students go off to elite colleges and universities and testify about how well they were prepared. The district offers more AP courses than any surrounding district, and boasts many more Ivy League acceptances than our regional competitors.
4. Exciting public policy opportunities. With new leadership in place to make it all happen, Geneva is poised to make great strides in several areas. With a new Mayor, Geneva is poised for great forward strides, without the back room ‘deal making’ of the previous administration that bred suspicion and contempt. Residents of the city have been mobilized to take on a variety of quality of life issues, from residential improvement programs to innovative city service provision. The city is ready to move-- from bricks and mortar to socio-economic development. We believe the possibilities are endless.
5. Quality living at an affordable price. The City Manager post carries a salary in the $80,000 range. That goes a long way in the City of Geneva! The average home is assessed at $75,000 and there are some very nice homes at that price! Our City Manager must live in the City—why would she/he not?. If home owning is not your thing, a comfortable 3 bedroom apartment runs about $800 or $900/month. And you can beat the high price of gas, with so much going on within walking distance.