Toledo Mayor Jerry Pratt announces the formation of a Strategic Planning Commission for the community his 699 constituents call home.

Here is the entire press release from the city:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Toledo Announces Strategic Planning Commission

Toledo, Washington – February 25, 2011 – One small town’s big plans are taking a bold step forward today as Toledo Mayor Jerry Pratt announces the formation of a Strategic Planning Commission for the community his 699 constituents call home.

Here in this historic river town, nearly 200 people packed a Vision:TOLEDO meeting last week to brainstorm ideas for a revitalization. Participants divided into 6 break-out sessions to explore various topics at length, then reconvened to present those ideas to the larger group. As the meeting ended, citizens were encouraged to visit a website, take a survey, and learn more about how they could help restore the town’s luster.

What began as a few good ideas and evolved into a grassroots, hometown movement to revitalize a tiny city has now blossomed into a formal planning process.

The new commission will include the following task forces: Arts, Recreation & Events, Business & Economic Development, Fundraising, History/Visitors Center, and Marketing & Communications. Each task force has a coordinator who will represent it to the Strategic Planning Commission. The commission will also include members-at-large ranging in age from teen to senior adult.

“The Strategic Planning Commission and the formation of these task forces is the direct result of our community’s response to the Vision:TOLEDO meeting and their survey feedback,” said Pratt.

“You can already see our pride starting to return,” said City Manager, Michelle Whitten. “People had great ideas, and they are showing their commitment by volunteering their time.”

To learn more about Vision:TOLEDO or to take a survey, visit www.visiontoledo.org.

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Contact:
Jerry Pratt, Mayor
City of Toledo
360-864-4564
cityoftoledo@toledotel.com