Chamber Kicks Off VISION 2030 Program on September 20

Gainesville, GA/09-09-05: VISION 2030 – A Clear Path to Our Future – is a year-long community planning process sponsored by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. The program will be launched with a Media Conference on Tuesday, September 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, 230 E.E. Butler Parkway in Downtown Gainesville.

Immediate Past Chamber Chairman Rob Fowler, a partner with Turner, Wood and Smith Insurance, and Anita Scott, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, are serving as co-chairs of VISION 2030. Otis White, President of Civic Strategies, Inc. and one of America’s top community leadership analysts, is the program consultant.

Community visioning is a process for engaging large numbers of citizens to think about and plan their community’s future. By doing so, visioning helps create consensus, opens the door to new ideas and strengthens citizen support for action.

“Our visioning project will hopefully meld together a clear and concise blueprint of our future here in Gainesville-Hall County. Most importantly, this effort will come from a broad spectrum of our fellow citizens, reflecting different ages, cultures and geographic locations within Hall County,” said Greater Hall Chamber Chairman John Vardeman, Morton, Vardeman & Carlson.

VISION 2030 organizers are recruiting volunteers to help with 10 vision meetings that will be held throughout Hall County at different locations in October and November. Denise Deal, a community volunteer and member of the Chamber’s Executive Committee for Government Affairs, is coordinating the visioning team and recruiting volunteers to help with outreach. The goal is for 100 people to attend each of the 10 vision meetings this fall. The October community meetings and locations are as follows:

10/25/05 – Meeting 1

Gainesville Civic Center – Chattahoochee Room

6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

10/27/05 – Meeting 2

South Hall – Flowery Branch High School

6:45 pm – 9:00 pm