Council Corner: Laura Mitchell

Beaverton Is My Home

Home sweet Home.  

I have lived in a few different states and umpteen different cities. At first, everything appears new and exciting but the excitement quickly dwindled away and each new city became every other city in the U.S.A. There seemed to be a disconnect amongst each community, their neighbors and its government … until I moved to Beaverton. I was excited to get mailings letting me know what’s going on in our neighborhoods and how I could give back to a community that was so giving. 

For the first time ever, I could clearly see how our tax dollars were working for us. Our Beaverton taxes weren’t used to just keep Beaverton surviving but instead were being used to keep our community thriving! 

I quickly realized I was living in a welcoming, diverse, safe, vibrant community that afforded all its residents an opportunity for social, economic and personal growth. Beaverton was a city that fostered innovation, engaged its residents, enhanced livability and had even been named one of the best and safest places to live in in the nation, more than a few times! This was not every other city in the U.S.A. This was Beaverton. A place I knew I wanted to make my home. 

Home is where you experience the greatest highs and lows of your life. Home is a place you can be free to be you. Without a doubt, 2020 has been a year that has proven to be beyond challenging for all of us: COVID-19, economic strife and civil unrest, and it’s not just hitting close to home, it’s taking place right here at home. During these uncertain times, there is one thing I’m certain of; the inviting Beaverton that was so welcoming, safe and vibrant is still that same Beaverton today. Rest assured that our community leaders know that we all come from all different walks of life, riddled with all sorts of different circumstances and the only way to get through these challenging times is by uniting friends and neighbors, staying engaged, seeking out Beaverton facts while treating each other with understanding, patience and respect. 

Even in the toughest of moments, I would never choose any place else to call my home. I am so grateful to all who support our community and all those who have made and continue to make Beaverton one of the best places to live.