Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Community Capitalism Update

Grassroots Meetings

After the three Town Hall meetings, 23 areas of interest/goals emerged. We categorized them into Education, Talent, Infrastructure/Capital and Place. Tonight is the first grassroots meeting focusing on Education. Tomorrow's meeting (Jan. 14) will focus on Talent; Jan. 15 is Infrastructure/Capital and Jan. 20 will be on Place. All these meetings are at 4:00 p.m. at C-TEC.

Our hope is that discussion will occur on what is currently being done in those individual categories and then talk about the areas of interest that have been defined. We are hoping that sub-groups will be formed around those areas of interest.

Town Hall Public Forum

On January 26, 2009 the author of Community Capitalism, Ron Kitchens, will be in town. Mr. Kitchens will be the guest speaker at the Town Hall Public Forum being held at The Midland Theatre beginning at 7:00 p.m. This event is open to the pubic and is free. We are asking everyone to bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Licking County Food Pantry. Described by The Economist as "an energetic economic development leader," Mr. Kitchens is the Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Michigan First, as well as the General Partner of the Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund. He will be speaking on how Kalamazoo, Michigan was revitalized. This event is co-sponsored by the Licking County Planning Commission and the Licking County Area Transportation System.

Stay tuned. . .

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