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County-wide visioning process to continue with Crossroads II

Comet staff report

A county-wide visioning process that began five years ago is being revisited next month. Called Carroll County at the Crossroads II, the effort will be an opportunity to rethink the county's future and what individuals can do to make it the best place it can be.

Two, three hour sessions will be held on the first two Thursday evenings in September:

In August 2004, three, three-hour forums were held to identify issues in the county, create a vision for the future, and develop action plans to move the county forward. Approximately 220 people participated in at least one forum. Six taskforces developed action plans to address important county issues.

Results from this effort led to:

• Formation of Carroll County Focus on the Future, Inc., a countywide, non-profit organization to build collaborative efforts in the county

• Establishment of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, now with 170 members

• Full-time director of the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation

• Establishment of Leadership Carroll County, now with 109 graduates

• Formation of Friends of Carroll County Parks

• Various forums and speakers on critical issues facing the county

Five years ago, the visioning process was launched through a partnership of the Carroll County Community Foundation and Carroll County Commissioners. This time the effort is being led by Carroll County Focus on the Future, Inc., in collaboration with the Carroll County Commissioners and County Council, and the following Carroll County organizations, Ag Association, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation, Community Foundation, Historical Society and Friends of the Carroll County Parks, and Wabash & Erie Canal Association.

Funding for the effort is being provided by the Carroll County Community Foundation, REMC Operation Round-Up, Burlington Kiwanis Club, Salin Bank & Trust, Lafayette Bank & Trust, Regions Bank, Carroll County Economic Development Corporation and Carroll County Ag Association.

All interested persons are urged to attend.

Supper will be provided.

Steering committee members are: Al Auffart, Janet Ayres, Dick Bradshaw, Ann Brown, Samantha Garrison, Bret Hanaway, Al Jackson, Dan McCain, Phyllis Porter, Susan Scholl, and Daryl Smith.

Carroll County at the Crossroads II

Sept. 3 - Canal Center, Delphi, 6-9 p.m. Topic: What are the high priority issues as we consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the future of Carroll County?

Sept. 10 - 4-H Community Building, Flora, 6-9 p.m. Topic: What are the goals and actions to achieve our desired vision?

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