The City of Berea began the strategic planning process on Jan. 28, 2019 with a gathering of City Council members, the City Administrator, City Clerk, the Mayor, City Department heads and citizens. We are very pleased to have professional staff members from the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) as our facilitators for this important process. At our initial meeting, the KLC staff helped our elected officials identify key issues facing our city in the near term and long term, and I was very pleased with the constructive input of everyone involved.
The next step in the planning process is to obtain citizen input at a "Community Listening and Design Session," which will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the Madison Southern High School cafeteria at 279 Glades Road.
We invite citizens to join the conversation on how to build a brighter future for children, families and businesses of Berea. Community leaders believe that people who get involved in civic work and strive to be good neighbors can move mountains. That is why we made the commitment to sponsor the Community Listening Session: A public meeting that invites everybody to be a part of making our city a better place to live.
The Community Listening and Design Session welcomes and encourages every citizen to step up and make their voice heard. This is your opportunity to voice your opinions, help choose community priorities and then work with others to make grassroots change that creates the future we all want.
I am optimistic that this process will guide us in establishing a shared vision, reaching consensus on priorities and developing strategies for the future of Berea.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Each month, The Register publishes columns from the mayors of Berea and Richmond and the Judge/Executive of Madison County. Those columns appear in the Weekend edition.