TAVARES — The Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Lake County Board of County Commissioners will hold the third community visioning session with local elected officials on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.
The series of visioning sessions are designed to explore and create a vision for Lake County's future. The third session will include an overview of what officials are calling the "big four," which includes water, schools, transportation and economic development. A speaker on each topic will address the audience of elected officials from Lake County's Board of County Commissioners, Constitutional Offices, School Board, Water Authority, Soil & Water Conservation District and municipal councils and commissions.
"We have groups working on addressing each of the big four issues, but we need to ask ourselves what is tying these efforts together," said Minneola Mayor David Yeager, who is also Chairman of the Lake-Sumter MPO.
The visioning session will conclude with a panel discussion of how different local governments in the County can become better organized with tackling issues that cross jurisdictional boundaries.
“We know that roads continue beyond governmental boundaries — the same can be said for water, schools and economic development,” said Lake County Commissioner Welton Cadwell, who also serves as Chairman-elect of the Lake-Sumter MPO.
Beginning in May 2007, the Lake County visioning process titled "Our Community — Our Future" was an initiative that arose after the "How Shall We Grow?" regional visioning effort with seven counties of Central Florida. The local visioning process is an initiative by the Lake-Sumter MPO and Lake County Board of County Commissioners and it is proving to be a valuable forum for local elected leaders to discuss the future of Lake County.
"At the end of the Jan. 9 event, we want pose the question to the group: What do we do next?," said T.J. Fish, Executive Director of the Lake-Sumter MPO.
For more information about the visioning process, call the Lake-Sumter MPO at (352) 315-0170 or log on to www.lakesumtermpo.com.
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