Special to the Chronicle - Editorial Section
THE ISSUE: Citrus 2030 launches website, speaker program.
OUR OPINION: Help shape Citrus County’s future.
What would the future of Citrus County look like if you were in charge?
Thanks to the Citrus 2030 Vision Check, residents now have the opportunity to help shape the future of the county by participating in this strategic pathway event in October.
The Citrus 2030 Vision Check is inspired by the Florida Chamber Foundation’s “Florida 2030 Project” to stimulate strategic thinking about Florida’s future and to engage business/community leaders in each of Florida’s 67 counties.
Participants will be divided into 10 aspirational groups and guided through the visioning process by professional facilitators and subject matter experts.
The program’s theme is Destiny by Design and the aspirational groups are: arts and culture; economic development, including public/private partnership; education; health and social services (including mental health, addiction and “health in all policies”; living in harmony with nature; public safety and security; smart growth, including transportation, infrastructure and services; tourism, recreation and social venues, includes entertainment; youth development; and trade/career and technical education.
Citrus 2030 Vision Check is an update to the first visioning program — Citrus 20/20. Developed from an idea by the 1994 Leadership Citrus class, the organizers wanted to know “What do we want our county to look like in the future?”
Dozens of initiatives developed over the years, from education and youth programs to environmental enterprises, through Citrus 20/20’s work. Their leadership has created a framework that has benefited Citrus County children and its environment.
Do you feel passionate about the future of the county? Join the discussion. The community will be better off because you got involved.
Vision Check is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus Conference Center in Lecanto.
County residents interested in participating in the Vision Check should complete the website’s short survey or email to firstname.lastname@example.org their names, residential zip codes, phone numbers, and rank ordering of their top three aspirations of most interest.
Civic, professional, business and community organizations interested in having a guest speaker make a Citrus 2030 presentation should email their requests to email@example.com indicating whether a general overview or a particular aspiration is desired with a preferred and alternate date/time.