Delray, FL, September 11, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Delray Beach, a small city nestled in the southern corner of Palm Beach County, was transformed from a sleepy community into a vital city, thanks to the leadership of its elected officials in the 1990s and 2000s. Jeff Perlman, who served as a commission member and mayor from 2000 to 2007, provides an insider’s look at how communities can improve the quality of life for their residents. His book serves as a guide to anyone who wants to bring positive change to a community.
Becoming a commissioner at age 35, the youngest elected official (by far) at that time, Perlman worked to bring the diverse elements of the city together. Delray Beach is a diverse community with a large African-American and Haitian population, as well as lots of retirees and young creative people drawn to the vibrant downtown, beach and culture. He details the city’s triumphs and failures, as well as the lessons he and other community leaders learned along the way.
“Adventures in Local Politics: How Leadership Brought Delray Beach Back” sheds light on how the city was able to transform itself, being named “Most Fun Town” in North America by Rand McNally in 2013 and a two-time All-America City. Perlman offers insights into the process of leading a city through renewal, providing guidance thanks to his time in office and leadership training. His belief that building relationships can bring positive change was borne out by his experiences serving the city he loves, showing the power of people who live there. As he writes, “A city is nothing more than a collection of people, buildings neighborhoods, hopes, dreams, fears, and aspirations.”
Entrepreneur Jeff Perlman is a journalist and civic leader. He is a sought-after advisor, mentor and speaker about entrepreneurship, community and leadership. Perlman, who grew up on Long Island, has worked in publishing, business and community service.
For additional information, please visit www.adventuresinlocalpolitics.com
Adventures in Local Politics: How Leadership Brought Delray Beach Back
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ISBN: 978-1-4575-3893-3 182 pages $12.99 US
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