Everyone wins with partnerships

I’m a strong believer that everyone wins when it comes to partnerships and that belief was reinforced recently with a number of events that would not have been possible without both public and private involvement and cooperation.

The first partnership recognized this week was Dec. 4 when the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce held its Centennial Celebration.

For 100 years the Chamber and its members have been working together, and with others, for the benefit of the entire community.

In 1996, the Chamber partnered with the Tulalip Tribes and to date, it is the first and only U.S. Chamber to partner with a sovereign nation. That partnership, along with many others, has added to the success of the Chamber.

We congratulate the Chamber and all of its members, and look forward to another 100 years of partnerships which will benefit the community.

The second event was nearly five years in the making and the commitment and dedication of all involved paid off Dec. 6 with the opening of Marysville’s first off-leash park for dogs.

The Marysville City Council, city staff, members of the Parks and Recreation Department, local businesses, volunteers and members of Marysville Dog Owners Group all worked together to bring the vision of an off-leash park for dogs to fruition. Now, thanks to their support, hard work and financial support, dogs owners have a local park where their pets can run and play. The new park not only benefits the residents of Marysville, it also benefits all the people of north Snohomish County who used to have to drive to Everett or Snohomish to have access to an off-leash park.

The other two events this weekend were annual events which never fail to delight the young and the young-at-heart.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Merrysville for the Holidays came to Marysville Dec. 6 and featured a winter festival and the Electric Lights Parade. On the same day, Arlington’s Hometown Holidays brought the community together for a day of family fun.

Both of these annual events happen because local governments, businesses, organizations and volunteers work together for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire community. We owe them our thanks for a job well done.

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