We Hear You America: Mayors of the Week
Meet some local leaders are working to make their towns even better -- and maybe earn a WHYA prize along the way.
Mayor Rudy Wright, Hickory, NC
What makes Hickory special?
Its people – industrious, self-sustaining, always anxious to help their neighbors and willing to accept things they can’t change. We are also blessed with a wonderful climate!
If Hickory is a We Hear You America winner in 2012, do you know where the money will go?
Yes! It's very important that we maintain help lines to people who find themselves in less fortunate circumstances. So we want to expand the service levels and capabilities of the dental care element at Cooperate Christian Ministry. For $40,000, we can fulfill this dream!
What can you share with others who want their towns to be heard?
We had fun with last year's "We Hear You, America" campaign, and learned some things that really worked. One is Facebook: On my Facebook page, people would post that they voted for our town and I enjoyed responding that they needed to go out and get 10 more people to vote! If we had gotten the word out earlier, we may have won.