“It’s an often overused saying, but if you continually do the same thing you’ve always done, how do you ever anticipate getting any other result than the same one you’ve always gotten? Here in Mineral Wells, there is just way too much potential. People are still around that can remember when Mineral Wells was a destination … that’s part of our guiding vision. Working together, we can truly make Mineral Wells a great place to work, live and play.”
Sullivan explained that when he first started in Cowtown, Fort Worth used to lead the nation as the murder capital of the United States, with a lot of gang activity, violent crimes and a tremendous number of per-capita murders, mostly driven by the crack/cocaine industry. But through the process of community policing, new developments and a federally sponsored program called “Weed and Seed,” many areas that were once considered dangerous have been revitalized and are now some of the city’s most frequented areas. In the same way, Sullivan said the Project 365 template is “just a pathway toward the greatness that Mineral Wells truly holds.”
“We didn’t absolutely win the war, but some of the things we have accomplished, those are gains,” he said. “There was a time in the not-too-distant past that people perceived Dallas as a not-so-safe place to go. We’ve got to change that perception about Mineral Wells, if we’re going to attract new residents, if we’re going to become a destination again, if we’re going to attract new industry and a workforce. And if we’re ever going to see the revitalization of either one of our two iconic structures.”
One of the chief aspects of Project 365 were the cleanup and revitalization phases. Sullivan told City Council that volunteers picked up 50,000 pounds of trash in the small target area on the southeast side of Mineral Wells.