Community Conversation To Focus on Michigan's Future
A “community conversation” for Gratiot County-area citizens will focus on brainstorming economic, education and government strategies for moving Michigan forward.
The two-hour public discussion is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 in the Tyler-VanDusen Commons at Alma College. It is sponsored by Michigan’s Defining Moment, a bipartisan statewide effort that so far has involved more than 1,800 people deliberating Michigan’s future.
“The College agreed to host this conversation and invite people from the community after being approached by Michigan’s Defining Moment, which has sponsored similar conversations at locations across the state,” said Brandan Snook, community relations director at Alma College.
“People from the community — from business leaders to everyday citizens — are invited to attend and participate on an RSVP basis, as we have a limited number of openings. In addition, the Alma College Center for Responsible Leadership is helping engage students in the conversation,” he said.
Call Snook at (989) 463-7037 to RSVP.
MDM is a nonpartisan, nonprofit effort to “reinvigorate citizenship, get people talking about Michigan’s challenges and opportunities, and develop a common ground agenda to help guide the decisions of state and local leaders.”
The Community Conversations, facilitated by an MDM staff member, use interactive polling devices for participants to vote on issues and discuss strategies. Community best practices also are shared.
“The goal is to have a solutions-oriented dialogue about Michigan,” said Snook. “It’s an opportunity for people to have their say about our state’s future.”
MDM’s first report in 2008, after 180 Community Conversations, focused on three big-picture needs: 1) a talented, globally competitive workforce, 2) a vibrant economy and great quality of life, and 3) effective, efficient and accountable government.
Visit http://www.thecenterformichigan.net for more information.
Posted: Mon, September 7th, 2009 at 9:41AM