Page 10 - Salem Magazine Spring 2016
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                                       Making a Difference
When Lisa Garst stepped down from her position on Salem City Council to take over as the Director for a Livable Roanoke Valley, her list of accomplishments for the citizens of Salem was both long and impressive.
to benefit, not only Salem residents, but citizens throughout the region while serving as the Chair of the Steering Committee for Livable Roanoke Valley.
 During her seven years on council, Garst was instrumental in promoting various stages of greenway construction, establishing the Salem Rotary Dog Park, recognizing green initiatives in the city and forming the Salem Fresh Ideas Garden. She was always prepared for meetings and never afraid to ask the tough questions or take the unpopular stance.
“During my two terms on council, I have learned that for Salem and our region to be successful, we have to work together,” she says. “That doesn’t mean our communities lose what makes us each unique, instead we take the best and build on it. In the end, solid collaboration is the only way we can compete with Northern Virginia, Richmond and Tidewater.”
“Lisa was elected to City Council about the same time I arrived in Salem, so it has been my pleasure to work alongside her the past seven years on a variety of projects,” says Kevin Boggess, Salem City Manager. “Lisa is a forward thinker and a consensus builder and while we hate to lose her on Council, I think she will do great things for the region in her new role.”
At her final Council meeting on December 14, 2015, Garst was given a key to the city by her fellow Council members and praised for her tireless work and leadership. She promised to continue her mission of making the valley a better place to live in her new position.
During her tenure in Salem, one of Garst’s passions and greatest strengths was her ability to work across jurisdictional lines. For the past four years, she guided a variety of projects
“I am passionate about working with our neighbors to promote quality of life issues that benefit us all,” she says. “It’s exciting to think about working with people in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and the Alleghany Highlands to make these areas strong, vibrant and prosperous communities that
 our children will be proud to call home.”
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Garst and her fellow council members are joined by City Manager Kevin Boggess and U.S. Senator Mark Warner at a Salem Red Sox game in 2013.

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