The Grays Harbor Vision 2020 organization, formed to pull together ideas and an action plan for the area’s future, plans an open house and town hall style meeting next Tuesday at Aberdeen High School to talk about further implementing its agenda.
The session will be called “Bringing the Vision to Life.” An open house at 5:30 p.m. will include information stations hosted by lead partners and featuring highlights of the group’s plan in five areas: Infrastructure and Governance, Spaces and Places, Environmental Assets, Economic Diversity and Prosperity plus Social and Cultural Opportunities, Ron Pinnick, community coordinator said.
Pizza and light refreshments will be served.
The town hall meeting is from 6-8 p.m. Vision 2020’s presentation will begin with a welcome and progress update by David Quigg, who is president of the executive board.
Newly hired Aberdeen consultant Cary Bozeman will speak on downtown redevelopment. Bozeman is a former mayor of Bellevue and Bremerton.
Jason Robertson, the project lead and facilitator, will then lead a town hall group discussion about future priorities to help shape the 2015 Action Plan Update, Pinnick said.
Among the questions and ideas to be considered are: “What are the Most Important Pending Actions to Move Forward?” and “New Ideas to Advance Vision Goals and Community Role.”
Vision 2020 began holding public sessions in 2007 and says more than 2,000 people have offered input that resulted in about 3,500 suggestions. Volunteers sifted through those and came up with 120 priority programs and projects for an action plan.
Some of the Vision 2020 partners, such as The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, will have information stations at Tuesday’s session, Pinnick said. The authority will have some concept sketches and other information to share about Seaport Landing, said Capt. Les Bolton, executive director. “We will also be sharing some ‘return on investment’ information related to (tall ship) Lady Washington’s first 25 years.”