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CLEAR Plan gets citizens’ input

Published 11:04am Thursday, April 25, 2013

Leaders of CLEAR Plan 2030 talked with members of the community Tuesday to find out what they think needs to be done to improve the area’s livability.

CLEAR Plan 2030 held a Tallapoosa County Conversation meeting in the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center to gather information to help achieve their goal of improving livability in the area.

CLEAR Plan 2030 consortium chair Jennifer Maddox discussed the project’s focus on improving health, enhancing quality of life, connecting jobs and housing, providing transportation choices, and promoting jobs and housing, providing transportation choices and promoting equal access to everything for all residents of Cherokee, Etowah, Calhoun, Cleburne, Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Coosa, Tallapoosa and Chambers counties.

Maddox said CLEAR Plan 2030 has put together five livability resource teams to gather information on economic competitiveness, education, health, housing, and transportation in the focus area.

“The Community-engagement team has been talking about opportunity, so one of the things that we did was put together a survey,” Maddox said. “We wanted to get the input from the communities of all the counties as to their opinion of opportunity. It’s your opinion about your county.”

Those in attendance were given an East Alabama Regional Livability Readiness Survey, which gathered information ranging from what demographic they fit in to how do they define their community.

The survey also asks for information such as how many residents in the community have access to affordable health care, affordable housing, affordable transportation and employment opportunities among other things.

Maddox said the group has a goal of getting 5,000 surveys completed to help it pursue its goal.

Those in attendance were also split into groups to answer questions regarding what they like about the community, where they want to see their community in the next five years and what they think needs the most improvement in the community, with most citing more diverse employment opportunities, quality paying jobs, better job opportunities and better infrastructure as things they desired.

CLEAR Plan has visited all of its targeted counties except Coosa County, with a meeting there set for April 30.

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