Making Newaygo County Better - FACF Hosts Community Conversations
By Marianne Boerigter
Fremont Area Community Foundation hosted two “Community Conversation” events on September 14 in an effort to have Newaygo County residents help them to identify organizational goals in the upcoming years.
The morning event in Grant and evening event in Fremont, provided participants with statistical information as well as...
...trends on our county, along with an opportunity to voice needs and opportunities for our area.
Representatives from Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, and Community Foundation staff provided data regarding the area’s Transfer of Wealth potential, our county’s perceptions of strengths and weaknesses, demographics, educational attainment, earnings, positive and negative health factors, our economy and labor force, and other quality of life factors (environmental quality, commuting, and broadband access).
Working in small groups, participants discussed the information and shared their perspectives on the information. Each group also produced an answer to the question “What is the one top priority that people and organizations should be working on together to make Newaygo County better in some important way”? The groups responses ranged in topics from poverty, economy, education, and more and by the end of the evening it became clear to many participants how interrelated the responses were.
Community Foundation staff will be summarizing the ideas and thoughts from the events and share these back with the community and use the information as the organization sets priorities and makes plans for how they can encourage positive actions in Newaygo County. For more information on the Fremont Area Community Foundation, visit their website at www.facommunityfoundation.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy of the materials presented at the “Community Conversation” events.