County plans ‘listening sessions’ | The star


A group of DeKalb County leaders are preparing for the second phase of discussions on a strategic vision for the county and have scheduled five listening sessions in June and July.

The group is made up of leaders from municipalities and not-for-profit organizations.

The sessions will welcome citizen input on ideas and concerns about the future of the county. The sessions will take place:

• Thursday, June 16, 6-8 p.m. at the Ashley Fire Department, 101 S. Union Ave.;

• Friday, June 17, 8-10 a.m. at Butler City Hall, 215 S. Broadway;

• Thursday, June 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center communautaire de Spencerville, 5629 CR 68;

• Thursday, July 14, 6-8 pm at the Garrett High School cafeteria, enter door 20; and

• Thursday, July 21, 6-8 p.m. at the YMCA of DeKalb County, 533 North St., Auburn.

In April, a group of 37 citizens from across the county came together for a workshop and began discussions about the future of the county. The group included mayors, city managers, county officials, and private and nonprofit leaders.

“This unprecedented county-wide discussion was a great success. That such a diverse group of leaders from government, business, education, non-profit organizations and community services set aside two and a half days for this workshop underscores how a collaborative vision of future is important to DeKalb County. success,” said DeKalb County Commissioner Mike Watson.

“We call on the community to attend these sessions and be heard,” said Tanya Young, executive director of Community Foundation DeKalb County.

“We want to know your thoughts. Community sessions are designed to develop a foundation for building stronger, more sustainable communities by listening to the vision and values ​​of DeKalb County residents. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. We must work – and dream – together, even in the face of disagreement, to drive positive change for a better future.

Pizzas and drinks will be offered to participants.

The workshop and listening sessions are made possible with support from the James Foundation, Community Foundation DeKalb County, United Way of DeKalb County, City of Auburn, City of Garrett, City of Waterloo, the City of Hamilton and DeKalb Central School.


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