The President's Corner
As I mentioned in last month’s issue, I have a huge announcement to make about a project I have had in the works for months. This project illustrates my deep love for Parma and everything about it. It will also give everyone who feels the way I do a space to illustrate our deep pride for our community.
So, with no further ado, I am officially announcing that I am spearheading a program to raise funds to create and place a script Parma sign somewhere in the city. My wife, Deena, our kids and I love the script Cleveland signs that have popped up in recent years and have family photos at all of them. Our many visits to the Cleveland signs inspired me to bring the idea to Parma. So, I have been working with Signature Sign Company – the creator of the Cleveland signs - to request that they provide me with some artist renderings of script Parma signs
The folks at Cleveland Sign were very excited by my request and have produced some really exciting script Parma sign renditions. The next steps involve inviting the community to get behind the project to help make it come to life. This will require finding a location for the sign and raising the necessary funds, as no taxpayer dollars will be used. In fact, we will need to raise approximately $15,000 to cover the costs of the project. I am excited to say that fundraising is already well underway and very successful, as I already have some generous commitments. I am also seeking suggestions regarding where the best location would be for the sign.
My hope is that this will only be the first of several script Parma signs that I would like to see around town. I believe the signs will inspire more pride in the community and encourage people from outside of the community to visit Parma and learn what all we have to offer. I truly believe the signs can help prime economic development. For instance, I envision people coming out to visit a sign, take a few snapshots, then do a little shopping and have a meal. I also hope prospective business owners will visit and find that Parma is a great location to do business.
I am really hoping that every Parma resident will show their pride in our fine city by making a donation at the project’s fundraising page at www.gofundme.com/scriptparma. You may also contribute by check to The Parma Charitable Fund, 6306 Hampstead Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44129. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Residents may also make location suggestions at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RFS7NBK or mail them in. You may contact me regarding any questions at 440-885-8091 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance for your show of pride in our Parma!
Parma City Council President Sean Brennan