Jim Price nominated for Community Leadership Diamond Award
October 31, 2013
By Imelda Dulcich
Jim Price has lived in Newcastle’s Windtree neighborhood since 1986, before Newcastle was reincorporated as a city. Price was active in the incorporation effort, he attended planning meetings, calling and visiting neighbors, and supporting the incorporation vote with six other active incorporation supporters.
In the early days of the city, Price was asked to head up a review of the county zoning ordinance to fit the concept of a new city. He was a charter member of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, helping write the charter and incorporating the Chamber. Later, he served several terms as a board member and chairman of the chamber. He is still a member of the Chamber.
Price is a charter member of the new Community Activities Commission and helped plan 2013 Newcastle Days. He serves as the commission’s Newcastle Trails representative, and promotes a greater interest in the trails with his appointment. Price is vice president of Newcastle Trails, and has worked on and advocated for trail projects in the city.
On the Newcastle Diamond Award nomination form, it was suggested that Price’s efforts on the Newcastle Trails helped Newcastle achieve the recent status of the 19th most livable city in the nation. The more than 7 miles of hiking trails in Newcastle were mentioned in CNN Money’s Best Places to Live, America’s best small towns article.
In an earlier interview with the Newcastle News Price said, “We would like to connect the various trails around the city that are heavily used by individuals. Walking is the No. 1 recreational activity in Newcastle, and I’m hoping that we can become known as a trail city. I think we’re becoming that way. We’re getting quite a good reputation.
“I’m very proud of this city, and I think we have a high quality of life and high citizen participation,” he said. “I’m very excited about living in Newcastle, that’s for sure.”