Tonight is a golden opportunity for all Jamestown residents to give their two cents about Jamestown's future.
The city's Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission will host a public forum from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Sarita Weeks Room in the Arts and Sciences Building at Jamestown Community College. The commission is a volunteer group which meets throughout the year to study and discuss various methods of improving life in the community. The group occasionally hosts public forums like today's event and, once goals are formed, creates smaller action teams to accomplish the goals. Commission topics in the past year have included: the Jamestown Urban Design Plan, neighborhood initiatives, leadership diversity, education, regionalism, "Brain Gain" and health care.
Tonight's forum is an opportunity for city residents to discuss what the commission should work on in 2014. The forum will begin with a brief presentation by Tory Irgang, United Way executive director, who will present a community report card prepared by the United Way. Her appearance will leave the majority of the session time for the discussion and development of 2013-14 priorities and goals. Attendees will break into smaller subject interest groups to help identify the commission's future goals.
Jamestown has made progress in the past few years, but we all recognize there is still much work to be done. Forums like tonight's are an opportunity for the public to roll up their sleeves and get involved in their city's future - so it would be encouraging to see the Weeks Room packed with engaged and interested Jamestown residents.
After all, the only bad idea is one that is left at home.