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Germantown residents sought to participate in steering committee to plan city’s future

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Residents are invited to join the Germantown Forward 2030 Steering Committee at 6 p.m. on July 22 to discuss and participate in planning the city’s future.
“The 30-member steering committee has worked hard to develop a vision statement that we can all embrace,” said steering committee co-chair Kevin Young.
Participants at the Town Hall meeting will be asked to work in groups to help take the Vision to the next level by defining the words and phrases it contains.
“We have laid the groundwork, now we need the community to help determine the direction,” added co-chair Audrey Grossman.
The meeting will take place at The Great Hall and Conference Center, 1900 S. Germantown Road.
“For example,” said committee co-chair Terry Fischer, “what does outstanding quality of life mean to you? This community belongs to us all. We want to ensure that everyone has a voice in the process.”
Those planning to attend are asked to contact Stacey Ewell at sewell@germantown-tn.gov or 751-7559 to reserve a spot.
Refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. The group will get to work at 6 with adjournment planned for 8 p.m.
During the meeting, staff will also discuss opportunities for residents to participate in focused task forces where members can engage and share their expertise in key performance areas.
Task forces will meet regularly beginning in August and will generate ideas and initiatives designed to guide and move Germantown toward the defined Vision.
In January, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen selected 30 Germantown residents for a steering committee to ensure public comment and community ideas are included in strategic planning for Germantown’s future and growth.
Dubbed Germantown 2030, members have been meeting regularly to learn and discuss the long-term shared vision for the future of the city.
“The future is ours to create,” said futurist Rebecca Ryan on her visit to Germantown in February.
She added Germantown should “remember what has made us great and believe the future will make us even better.”
For additional information about the Town Hall meeting, task force work or applications or the Germantown Forward 2030 process, contact City Administrator Patrick Lawton at (901) 757-7201.