Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in America. Mayor Riley has led a city government with an impressive record of innovation in public safety, housing, arts and culture, children’s issues, the creation of park and other public spaces, and economic revitalization and development. The City of Charleston is recognized as one of the most livable and progressive cities in the United States.
Mayor Riley’s vision, leadership, and impressive list of accomplishments have brought him and the City of Charleston national and international acclaim. Washington Post columnist David S. Broder said, “…what has been achieved here under his leadership is extraordinary,” adding “…it is mainly the way that Charleston treats the social problems that all old cities share that has made Riley’s long reign so remarkable.” Conde Nast, in its August, 1997 issue, said, “…of America’s colonial cities, Charleston is the most dramatically reborn.” The article further noted, “Charleston’s revival is a story of shared pride and work…” An issue of Newsweek named Mayor Riley one of the twenty-five most dynamic mayors in America. The City of Charleston has also been named an All-America City.
We are builders, and we need to build
Preventing disasters and taking initiative
Infrastructure and American Pride