Stanly County residents have the opportunity to help plan for future growth in the area at three interactive sessions in Albemarle.
The two-hour community growth workshops Sept. 10 are part of the 14-county, two-state CONNECT Our Future initiative.
“Our region is expected to grow by another 1.8 million people and 860,000 jobs by 2050. The goal of the CONNECT effort is to plan and change by local choice – not chance,” said Martha Sue Hall, Albemarle councilwoman and board chairperson for Centralina Council of Governments. “We’re encouraging Stanly residents to invest two hours at a workshop and make a difference in the county for the next 40 years.”
Stanly County, Albemarle, Locust, Misenheimer, New London and Norwood governments are participating in the CONNECT Our Future effort which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Centralina, based in Charlotte, and the Catawba Regional Council of Governments in South Carolina. More than 100 Stanly County citizens have already participated in other CONNECT Our Future events to date, including open houses, small groups and RealityCheck 2050, a day-long visioning session.
The Sept. 10 workshops will be held at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center at 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each workshop will have the same agenda.
At the workshop participants, working at tables of 10 people, will map out the growth of Stanly County. People will need to consider where people will need to work, live and play and how to enhance and protect quality of life as the county and region grow.
“Sept. 10 will be a great chance to meet and work with people from across the county and to think about the future you want to see for Iredell,” Hall said.
The ideas discussed and map developed at the Iredell community growth workshops – along with results from the other 13 counties in the region – will be combined with the input already gathered across the region. From these shared ideas, four or five possible scenarios for the growth of the region will be created. These scenarios will reflect the different perspectives and desired outcomes that people have shared across the region. In the spring and summer of 2014, residents from the region will again be asked for input – this time about which of the alternative growth scenarios they prefer.