Vision 2020 Forum Gives Residents Opportunity To Be Heard

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What will County government look like in the year 2020? That’s what residents are being asked to give their thoughts on from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Vision 2020 Community Forum, which is being held at the Queens Sports Complex, 2229 Tyvola Road, Charlotte.

Attendees will be guided by facilitators through a discussion that will include such questions as “How would you like your tax dollars spent?” and “What do you think are the top priorities and issues that need to be addressed for the future of our community?”

Areas of discussion will include arts & entertainment, crime, education and schools, environment, healthcare, housing, jobs, sports & recreation, and transportation, among others.

The discussion will be facilitated by representatives of the Community Building Initiative, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, and Mecklenburg Ministries.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has a current vision to be a community of pride and choice for people to live, work, and play. However, the BOCC wants to revisit the goals and develop a new 10-year plan given the economic realities faced by people, business, and government. The Vision 2020 process is designed to get resident input and expert opinions on priorities for our community.

Results of the community forum will be posted on www.MecklenburgCountyNC.gov, and residents will be given the opportunity to comment on those results prior to County staff compiling that information into themes and then presenting that information to the BOCC. Commissioners are scheduled to receive the information in early 2011. After receiving the information, board members will participate in facilitated discussions and identify the key elements for a shared vision.

To sign up to attend the event, please visit Vision2020.charmeck.org or call 704-336-2020.

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