Leaders of the Thrive 2055, which is a public-private initiative aimed at plotting the course of growth in the area's 16-county tristate region, are asking members of the public to take a survey to help them determine if they are heading in the right direction in their planning for the future.
"Before we move into the next planning phase, we want to be certain we are focusing our efforts in the right place," Brian Anderson, chairman of Thrive 2055’s coordinating committee, said in a prepared statement. "We want to know, did we get it right? Are we accurately reflecting our region’s values, and are these the areas in which we can have the greatest influence to promote positive change for our region?"
Members of the public are being asked to visit Thrive 2055’s website to fill out a survey that will help determine if the call to action accurately reflects the issues of most impact to our ability to thrive as a region.
In the past year, leaders with the initiative have traveled more than 3,500 miles across 79 towns and 16 counties and have talked to 3,200 people, Bridgett Massengill, project manager of Thrive 2055, said.
"Additionally, nearly 300 volunteers have dedicated their time in committee activities researching issues they deal with on a daily basis to assist in shaping the proposed priorities for our region," she said in a prepared statement.
The first year of the three-year planning process included three major steps—identifying that which contributes to the regional vitality based upon multiple input opportunities from the residents and workers in the region; analyzing forces and trends shaping the region; and gaining an understanding of the region’s existing performance in areas such as education, workforce development, economic competitiveness, natural environment, health and wellness, transportation and infrastructure.
The outcome reports of all three steps are posted online. Click here to see them.
Now, leaders want other members of the public to give feedback, so they can see if what they have in the works is what community members want and need.
The brief survey, which includes the proposed priorities, principles and values, can be found here.
The process is open to people in Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama.
It includes counties in Alabama: Jackson and DeKalb; in Georgia: Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Murray and Whitfield; and in Tennessee: Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie.
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