At the beginning of April Findlay Forward kicked off a month-long round of public engagement. The engagement opportunities included various formats, days, and times to make it most convenient for people. The opportunities included three in person workshops at different locations across the city, a virtual workshop hosted via Zoom as well as pop up engagement on the campus of the University of Findlay to capture the voice of the students and faculty. The kick-off was a great success and reached over 300 people in the first two days including over 70 University of Findlay students. The purpose of this first round of public engagement is to gather initial ideas from the public about City services, physical improvements, and issues in the City that this plan should address. The Findlay Forward process will result in a Strategic Plan that will help guide council as they make decisions to drive the City forward. It is important that this plan be based upon ideas and insights from the larger community. Besides the kickoff workshops, an online survey has been launched on the project website that is open through the end of April. The Community Outreach Team members are also hosting several “Meeting-in-a-box” small scale conversations and additional workshops with community groups, churches, services clubs, and other groups. The goal is to have as many people as possible participate in this first round of engagement.
More about the kick-off workshops can be read here.