Friday, November 5, 2010

Vision 2020 Forum Gives Residents Opportunity To Be Heard

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
, 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
or call 704-336-2020.