The Take PART Steering Committee is inviting the entire community to “Take PART” in the visioning process by attending the second meeting on Thursday, May 23. “We had a terrific turn out at the first meeting with over 80 people in attendance. It was refreshing to see the community members take interest in this planning process,” said Michael Southard, CEO of Ada Jobs Foundation and Chamber of Commerce. There was a wide variety of people at the meeting from small business owners, retail owners, retirees, corporate employees and public servants. All meetings are open to the public and it is not necessary to attend all meetings to be a part of the process.
The second meeting will again take place at the Industrial Training Center across from Pontotoc Technology Center. A light meal will be sponsored by First United Bank from 5-5:30 and the visioning process will last from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Southard said the May 23 meeting will be no less important than the first.
“It was interesting and encouraging to hear the priorities so many attendees have for the Ada community,” said John Long, steering committee member and head of Regulatory Compliance at Legal Shield.
Items on the agenda for the Thursday meeting will include a review of the visioning ideas derived from the first meeting as well as data collected from the first meeting regarding Ada’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Other items up for discussion will be 1) what needs to be addressed if Ada is going to reach the vision created? 2) what changes need to take place in order for Ada to be successful?, and 3) as a group, what is the most important piece that needs to be addressed?
“There is an adage that you can only expect what you inspect. I believe this project will allow us to continue taking inventory of our city: where we are; and where we want to go,” said Long.