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Bloem: CdA Pursuing Excellence

Item: Coeur d'Alene ready to compete: Mayor stresses livability factors, national attention in State of the City address/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: It was her 10th end-of-the-year speech as the only three-term mayor. "If we want to grow jobs, we need to score big points," she told a packed room inside The Coeur d'Alene Resort. The points are what the city has accomplished to land numerous awards, high-profile recognition from Forbes Magazine and USA Today and the City of Excellence title it has held for more than a decade, she said. And it's the blueprint to follow as the city pushes through the recession and builds to its vision as a top-tier city. "The culture we live by in our city is guided by that word, excellence," she said. "It's a prevailing attitude."

Question: How does Coeur d'Alene compare to other towns that you've lived in for taking care of basic services, for livability, as well as for pursuing excellence?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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