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Storylines emerge in Fayette Vision

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By Bob Ross and Trey Ragsdale

We’d like to personally thank the approximately 160 Fayette citizens who attended the March 5, 2014 Fayette Visioning public meeting at Sandy Creek High School.

Though the Competitive Assessment report was released to the public earlier in the year, this meeting marked the first time the public heard directly from our consulting partner Market Street Services, Inc. about the visioning process stages and the research showing Fayette County’s current economic, demographic and physical characteristics. Read More»

Answering some Fayette Visioning FAQs

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Bob Ross and Trey Ragsdale

As the visioning process continues to move forward, new phases bring new interest regarding where we are in the process, how citizens can engage, and what results have emerged so far. We’d like to take this opportunity to answer some of those questions here.

Where are we in the visioning process? Read More»

Fayette Visioning initiative gains momentum

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By Bob Ross and Trey Ragsdale

Even though Thanksgiving was last month, we are especially thankful this month for the efforts of more than 225 diverse citizens who stepped up to serve Fayette County in a unique capacity.

They participated in a variety of activities to launch a process that will span the next six months to define a Fayette County vision and accompanying implementation plan. Read More»

Visioning initiative visits Newton County

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By Trey Ragsdale and Robert Ross

“Planning for the future ... Growth will happen whether we are prepared or not; we decide our future; we believe in collaboration; we understand greatness takes time and we want future generations to benefit.”

Sounds good doesn’t it? That statement comes from Newton County, a metro Atlanta community that is actively planning for their future growth. Read More»

Fayette County Visioning process is underway

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By Robert Ross and Trey Ragsdale

The diverse members of the Steering Committee for the Fayette County visioning process were busy last week preparing information requests from our partner, Market Street Services.

As Market Street begins the next steps in their analysis, they will begin to conduct extensive research on a range of geographical, community and economic factors. The group will present their findings at a Community Leadership meeting on Dec. 9, 2013. Read More»

Here’s what we’ve done so far with visioning for Fayette

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By ROBERT ROSS and TREY RAGSDALE

As soon as 150 Fayette citizens and the steering committee decided on Oct 18 that Fayette should develop a vision statement and implementing plan, Fayette immediately took steps to do so. Read More»

Fayette County is on the move — welcome aboard!

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By ROBERT ROSS and TREY RAGSDALE

Many of us moved to Fayette County for its highly regarded public schools, low crime rates, and the wide-open spaces, or maybe the charm of small towns like Tyrone, Brooks, and Woolsey. 

We also recognize the need for a vibrant economy to provide career opportunities right here for our children, along with the attendant challenges of growth.

How do we retain our character and grow too? How do we maximize our strengths and respond to threats? How do we thrive without selling the soul of Fayette County? Read More»