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The Example of City Leadership

We recognize that each community is diverse in its social makeup. However, it is important to recognize that each community shares the same need for character. We are dedicated to helping community leaders succeed in their role as models of character We want them to solve the problems they face every day by targeting the character issues at the root of each problem. The success of a Character City effort is dependent upon the initiative and dedication of local leadership.

A number of communities around Indiana have begun to implement a focused character initiative in their city government. Some have gone as far as adopting local legislation that communicates their desire to build the character of their community. The Character Council of Indiana is working alongside a number of these communities to provide character training and resources. When a city government establishes goals for long-term implementation of character, it is a reflection of their commitment to a citywide character effort.

The Community Based Grassroots Initiative

It is important that the local community activate themselves in emphasizing, requiring, and recognizing good character. A local character council can be established to champion this effort. Led by community leaders with a proven record of service, the local character council can establish character programs in each sector of the community while working in cooperation with existing programs.

IN Cities With Organized Character Efforts

  • Anderson
  • Carmel
  • Elkhart
  • Greenfield
  • Indianapolis
  • Shipshewana
  • Terre Haute

IN Counties With Organized Character Efforts

  • Hancock
  • La Grange
  • Vigo

Practical Steps:

>> Provide training for supervisors and dept. heads
>> Incorporate character-based business principles
>> Introduce a "City of Character" resolution
>> Provide support materials to each employee
>> Participate in events hosted by local character council
>> Click here to view "How to Build a Character City"


Practical Steps:

>> Identify community figures to launch a local character council
>> Implement character in respective
>> Enlist the support of local media
>> Facilitate character training and resources for entire community
>> Click here to view "Local Character Council Responsibilities"



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