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January 28, 2013

Vision2Action issues progress report

PLATTSBURGH — Converting vision to action.

That’s the idea behind Vision2Action, an outgrowth of the Partnership for Community Development’s Vision 2040 forums. Vison2Action members recently presented a progress report on ideas that arose during a series of four public forums on the importance of the arts, recreation, transportation and education to community growth and sustainability.

Partnership for Community Development co-Chair Devi Momot of Twin State Voice-Data-Video told a large crowd at the Strand Theatre that Vision2Action is a grassroots group that is working to turn the ideas gathered during the partnership’s Vision 2040 forums into action.

”One of our main goals is to attract 3,000 families to the region by 2040,” she said.

SERVICE GAP

Colin Read, an economics professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, said that during the Vision 2040 forums that led to Vision2Action, it became clear the region’s aging population was likely to increase by 2035-2040, while the number of young and middle-aged are likely to decline. 

That would leave a gap in the number of people able to provide services needed as workers retire.

The question became: “How do we attract those vibrant professionals, those young families to this area?” he said.

That was where the idea for the four public forums arose, Read said.

LIFE OF LEARNING

Clinton Community College President John Jablonski outlined progress made on the THRIVE public/private partnership to improve the cradle through career approach to education. It is an effort to create increased partnerships between education, industry, economic development, and health-care and human-services providers.

He said that while everyone recognized how education affects a community, it has become increasingly apparent how a community can affect education. 

A leadership council has identified six community-level, long-range goals, from making sure every child is prepared to enter school through to encouraging people to remain committed to life-long learning once they have a career.

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