Community meetings begin this week
by Jennifer Cohron
Jul 13, 2014 | 1316 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A series of community meetings organized by the Walker Area Community Foundation will kick off Tuesday night at Cordova High School.

The purpose of the meetings is to share ideas on how to move Walker County forward.

“The responses from each community meeting will be collectively analyzed for common themes. At the end of 2014, there will be a set of strategies or goals that we can rally around to make Walker County a place in which our children will want to raise their families,” said Cristy Moody, director of operations at WACF.

The town hall-style meetings will be held throughout the summer at area high schools. Each meeting will begin at 5 p.m. with a time of networking and refreshments followed by a short program on positive things already occurring in Walker County.

Facilitators will then lead participants in small group discussions around specific questions. Each group’s thoughts will be shared with the rest of the room.

Each session will end no later than 7 p.m. The agenda and questions will be the same at each meeting.

The schedule for the meetings is as follows:

•Cordova – Cordova High School, July 15

•West Walker – Carbon Hill High School, July 17

•East Walker – Dora High School, July 31

•Jasper – Community Health Systems Activities Center, Aug. 7

•Parrish – Parrish Elementary School, Aug. 14

•Oakman – Oakman High School, Sept. 4

•Curry – Curry High School, Sept. 11

The community meetings were organized after WACF conducted a planning process to build a five-year plan. Responses were gathered from 150 local leaders representing a range of community interests.

One of the findings of the planning process was the need to build strong, unified leadership and create a common vision for Walker County.

The plan, which represents a $170,000 investment on the part of WACF, also addresses healthy lifestyles and recreation, education, supporting nonprofits through grants and capacity building, endowment and donor relations, and board and staff capacity and development.