Friday, February 25, 2011

Back to the future

Ketchum CDC wants community input on goals


By TREVON MILLIARD
Express Staff Writer

The Ketchum Community Development Corp. is nearing the day it will take action on plans to improve the area's vitality, but it first needs the community to add to the conversation. It's asking for input on Thursday, March 3.

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The meeting will begin where 64 valley leaders in business, local government, health care, housing, tourism, education and environmental activism left off. After 20 hours of meetings in one January weekend, the group arrived at nine goals that they all could agree are needed for the community's future:

- Continue to develop arts/cultural events.

- Maintain dense and lively town cores promoting street life.

- Develop public transportation.

- Strive for a diverse population and unique educational opportunities.

- Improve cooperation among local governments.

- Become energy-efficient.

- Make buying locally produced food and goods more practical.

- Provide the technological infrastructure to make all this possible.

The CDC is now looking for the public to provide input on any of these goals and what could be done to accomplish them. It will host a "community café" on March 3 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. in the empty commercial space above Lost River Outfitters on Main Street. There will be no speeches or presentations, just conversations.

The next step will be to form action groups tasked with turning the goals into a "reality," said Dale Bates, leader of the CDC's Town Design Team.

Trevon Milliard: tmilliard@mtexpress.com




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