Grays Harbor Vision 2020 looks back and ahead to 2015; Aberdeen revitalization consultant will be March 11 guest speaker


Grays Harbor Vision 2020, a community betterment group formed in 2007, will ask the question: “What’s Next Grays Harbor?” at a community forum at Aberdeen High School, Tuesday, March 11, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The open house and town hall will serve as a report on some of the group’s earlier initiatives and outline an action plan for 2015. Guest speaker is Cary Bozeman, former mayor of Bellevue and Bremerton. The City of Aberdeen’s leaders will ask the City Council on Feb. 26 to hire Bozeman as a consultant to help revamp the city.

Between 2007 and 2009, Vision 2020 developed an ambitious set of 125 community goals, 85 of which are ongoing, Ron Pinnick, the group’s community coordinator, said Monday. Among the best known of its accomplishments, he said, is the Paint the Corridor project in which 400 volunteers painted 67 homes over three years along the corridor between Hoquiam and Aberdeen.

Vision 2020 leaders and volunteers have been working mostly behind the scenes on projects aimed at building a sustainable Grays Harbor, Pinnick said. He pointed to adding 37,000 feet of rail infrastructure at Port of Grays Harbor and improving wastewater treatment capacity at Satsop Development Park as accomplishments.

Among goals for 2014 listed on the website are unifying selected public services, creating multipurpose civic centers to replace traditional city halls, and creating a dedicated fund to encourage the improvement of the building facades and to remove “blighted buildings.”

Bozeman is considering hiring the vice president of the executive board of Vision 2020, Scott Reynvaan, as part of a team that will work on the proposed two-year contract with the City of Aberdeen. David Quigg is president of Vision 2020’s executive board, Alissa Shay is secretary and Stan Pinnick is treasurer.

Vision 2020 has five sets of goals: “1) Developing state-of-the-art infrastructure and governance systems, 2) Improving and connecting signature spaces and places, 3) Preserving and promoting our unparalleled environmental assets, 4) Fostering and nurturing a diverse and prosperous local economy, and 5) Expanding and enhancing social networks and cultural opportunities.”

“Despite prevailing economic malaise, local partners have managed to make significant progress by leveraging local resources, securing federal grants and finding new ways to get things done,” Good News Grays Harbor, their newsletter says. Go to graysharbor2020.com to review the spreadsheet of actions.

As positive developments done by local entities supportive of the Vision 2020 effort, the organization also lists, the city of Hoquiam receiving a $10,000 grant to create a downtown Historic Preservation Plan, Grays Harbor Council of Governments securing funding for street improvements in Aberdeen, Hoquiam, McCleary and Cosmopolis.

Pizza and light refreshment will be served.

 

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