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Monday, June 3, 2013

Join in the Conversation for CLEAR Plan 2030

Chamber Chatter
 by Dorothy Tidwell

How livable is your community?  How livable is the East Alabama region?  What can be done to help create more economically competitive and prosperous communities?  These questions, and many more, are currently being posed throughout the region through an innovative, citizen-based, process called CLEAR Plan 2030 (Community Livability for the East Alabama Region).

The East Alabama Partnership for Livable Communities in association with various economic development organizations including the Randolph Chamber of Commerce and the Randolph County Economic Development Authority have been working on the HUD (Housing and Urban Development) funded planning project since mid-2012.

In the spring of 2013, Phase One of a three part series of County Conversations were held throughout the East Alabama Region (Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Etowah, Randolph, Talladega and Tallapoosa counties). At these Conversations, residents provided ideas on what makes Randolph County livable and on areas they would like to see improved. Throughout the summer months a second round of county conversations will take place. These conversations will consist of scenario planning sessions which will be based on information from the phase one county conversations, and the 5,000 plus livability survey responses the Partnership received. 

In conclusion, CLEAR Plan 2030 is a long-range, citizen-based planning project, designed to improve the lives of all current and future east Alabamians. The project focuses on economic competitiveness, community engagement, education, health, housing and transportation. Making our communities stronger is good for business because it brings growth and prosperity. We are all neighbors and will have greater success today and in the future if we work together for the betterment of our neighborhoods and our communities. It is a process that takes all of us thinking big and looking forward!  We need you and your ideas.  Join the conversation at www.clearplan2030.org.

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