Windcrest Village Speech
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
February 5, 2007

Greetings from Bexar County, established in the year the Battle of San Jacinto was won in 1836, when it stretched as far west as El Paso and as far north as southern Wyoming!

In 1962, John Steinbeck said, "I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it and, as in other religions, few people dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery or paradox. But I think there will be little quarrel with my feeling that Texas is one thing. For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study and the passionate possession of all Texans."

Chief Seattle is quoted as saying, "We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." It has always been my goal to leave the world better off than it was when we were born into it.

Many of us are baby boomers. Most of us here are in the very best years of our lives…we are educated, reasonably well off economically, relatively healthy and many of us because of modern dentistry, high tech medicine, diet, nutrition and not picking cotton for a living, are going to live to 100!

Of the many issues and challenges we confront today, cracking the combination to solve urban decline is critical. It would be my fondest hope that the Windcrest Village be a paradigm through which we show just how that can be done. Sustainability must permeate every aspect of what we do.

The world is flat though and we must be ever mindful that nature's eternal rule is competition. Compete or die, economically!

Rackspace as a catalyst, is a godsend, a brilliant opportunity for all of us. It is an opportunity to engage in the transformational leadership that is at work here. And we should participate in it, profit from it and allow it to teach us lessons about how we improve and reinvent communities in our society.

Theodore Sorenson, adviser to President John F. Kennedy, said that was the kind of leadership in which he believed. He went on to say in a 1985 speech, "This planet has no dearth of powerful figures, wealthy figures, even wise and worldly figures. We have an ample supply of men and women who can fight, finance, argue, produce or lecture with great skill. But we need more who can lead". If you can contribute to that cause, we will all be much greater off for the effort.

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