With great honors, MVTV Wireless would like to recognize and congratulate Mayor of Granite Falls, Dave Smiglewski on the 2016 Bush Fellowship Award. Yesterday we shook Dave’s hand during his retirement party at The Advocate Tribune. Dave has been an enormous part of the Granite Falls Area over 40 years and plans to continue encouraging a greater community.
As a member of the Granite Falls City Council for nearly four decades and mayor for 20 years, Dave Smiglewski knows first-hand the challenges and joys of community service. He is witness to an alarming decline in civic and community engagement particularly in rural areas, and wants to encourage young adults in his region to reverse the trend. Through his Bush Fellowship, Dave will finish his bachelor’s degree and pursue post-graduate education, studying the best methods to incubate, model and drive civic engagement. – 2016 Bush Fellows
A Bush Fellowship is recognition of extraordinary achievement and a bet on extraordinary potential.
The Bush Foundation is excited about and committed to supporting and developing leaders who are increasingly better equipped and networked to effectively lead change. These leaders think bigger and think differently about what is possible in their communities. Bush Fellows possess a vision for strengthening the common good within the region and are devoted to making that vision a reality.
The Fellowship is distinctive in its flexibility, allowing Fellows to articulate what they need to become more effective leaders – whether through a self-designed learning experience or an academic program. It provides them with the resources and support to make it happen.
Since 1965, the Bush Foundation has worked to develop the leadership capacity of the region by making investments in more than 2,200 people through its Fellowship programs.
There were a total of 465 people that applied for the 2016 Bush Fellowship. Only 24 Fellows were selected through an intense process that included Bush Fellow alumni, Bush Foundation staff and regional leaders. The Bush Fellowship is distinctive in its flexibility, in which they allow each Fellow to articulate what they will need to make them more successful leaders. The Fellows will receive the support they need and up to $100,000 over the next 12 – 24 months to pursue any learning experiences that will help them make significant contributions in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
Dave, we wish you the Best of Luck on your new journey!!
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’