Excerpts from Prince George's County Executive Parris N. Glendening's third inaugural speech:
When I was first elected in 1982, a vision was created of what we knew Prince George's County could be . . . . Looking at our county today, I am pleased to say that I like what I see. I see a renewed and vigorous Prince George's County, a proud community, a diverse but united people. I am extremely optimistic about our county and about where we are going . . . . And I am proud to say that our shared vision of a better Prince George's County is being realized . . . .
Two United States presidents have recognized our schools as models of excellence for the entire nation. Your children -- and my son -- who attend our public schools are being offered a quality foundation for their futures.
Our vision was that business and government would join together to achieve success and make an investment in our future. We sought quality development that would enhance the quality of life and a prosperity that would bring jobs to our citizens and provide resources for our services . . . .
In the last decade we saw business in Prince George's County grow and blossom into a major source of revenue for the county. It became a gold mine for jobs and entrepreneurial opportunity. It became a launching pad for greater personal achievement and a catalyst for minority enterprise . . . .
Individually, we have chosen to live here, and we have chosen a community to benefit from our individual experiences, to take pride in our individual cultures, to embrace the new or different and make it a part of us . . . .
We have made tremendous strides, but we cannot and will not stop here . . . .
Together, we must continue the momentum in Prince George's County. We must continue to build upon our consensus, to widen even further the circle of those individuals who are an integral part of our progress . . . .