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Thursday meeting will help to improve community

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Many are investing time, effort to improve future of Sikeston

SIKESTON -- Vision for Tomorrow participants will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Sikeston High School's Math and Science Center to continue their efforts in identifying issues that face the future of the community.

This is the seventh in a series of discussions where more than 50 citizens under leadership of Derek Okubo of the National Civic League are investing time and effort to improve the future of the community.

Since June Vision members have participated in exercises designed to help assess the community's civic infrastructure, review past performance and identify desired goals. As a result of these discussions members identified education, quality of life, housing and economic development as key areas vital to the future of Sikeston.

Discussion groups were created for each key area with education being chaired by Sally Lape and Sondra Meadows; quality of life chaired by Wende Pruden and Jeff Partridge; housing chaired by Donna Taylor and Geoff Posegate; and economic development chaired by Tom Hedrick and Judy Buck. Group members evaluated current conditions in each of these four key areas and developed preliminary "minivisions" of Sikeston's ideal future.

The focus of Thursday's meeting is the setting of goals in each of the key areas, identifying responsible parties, establishing timelines and identifying the resources needed to accomplish these goals.

Individuals who want to participate in the Vision for Tomorrow process may do so by attending the meeting or becoming a member of Vision's wiki Internet discussion group. Once a member, individuals can view Vision findings in each of the key performance areas and contribute to discussion items. Vision's wiki can be accessed by going to www.sikestonvision.wikispaces.com.

For more information on the Vision project, contact co-chair Jim Schwaninger at 472-0627 or Carolyn Harris at 471-4489. Additional Vision sessions are planned for Nov. 20, Dec. 11 and Jan. 8.