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Forum Series 2 Results Show Residents’ Ideas About the Future of Five-County Region


Posted 05/25/2012
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The second round of PlanET public forums was held April 23-28, and attendees were asked to look into the future and share what they’d like to see in their communities and the region.


The second round of PlanET public forums was held April 23-28, and attendees were asked to look into the future and share what they’d like to see in their communities and the region.

About 200 local residents attended the six forums held in locations across the five-county planning area of Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, and Union counties. Attendees were given three tasks: first, they worked in small groups to brainstorm about the future of the region, offering ideas related to five focus areas (economy/workforce, transportation, health, housing, and environment); second, participants chose the two most important ideas in each focus area from their small groups to submit for consideration by the full forum; and, last, they voted individually on their top three ideas in all focus areas from all ideas that were submitted.

A complete list of the ideas gathered at each forum session can be found on the PlanET website.

A few common themes emerged from the collected ideas relating to the region’s future:
•  A well-educated, well-trained labor force that is prepared to fill 21st century jobs is vital.
•  Providing more choices in housing and transportation is important.
•  Private property rights is a fundamental East Tennessee value.

Round 2 forum results will be combined with input gathered using Meeting in Box and an online town hall (MindMixer) to form a clearer picture of how local residents want their region to be in the future. That vision will be the basis for the next steps in the process.
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