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What’s Next Barbour?

“What’s Next, Alabama?” Forums to Improve Barbour County

Have you ever noticed something that could improve our quality of life in Barbour County?  Well, here’s your opportunity!  Barbour County Extension and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life (DMC) are hosting a “What’s Next, Barbour?” series of forums in which participants can gather and discuss their community’s economic past, present, and future.

All forums will be held at Eufaula Barbour Chamber of Commerce, starting at 7:30 A.M. and the Louisville Fire Department, starting at 5:30 P.M.  The first forum April 12, 2018 asks, “Where are we now?  What assets do we have in our community?  What is working and what isn’t working?”  There is no cost to attend.  Please RSVP to Merri Robinson no later than April 4, 2018 so we can plan the first forum meeting space.  RSVP Merri at 334-687-5688.

The second forum April 19, 2018 asks, “Where do we want to go? What do we want to change about our community?  What do we want to preserve?”  The third forum, April 26, 2018 asks, “How do we get there? How can we move from talk to action?”  We will have separate announcements and RSVPs for the second and third forums.

To help us prepare for the first forum and ensure all inputs are considered, please complete the short, anonymous survey at https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3egU8l3cvEWzvsp.

While the forum series is centered loosely on topics of economic and workforce development, each community is able to define the topic in ways that make it relevant for them locally.  Any issue that affects a community’s quality of life is fair game for discussion.  “What’s Next, Barbour” encourages us to reflect on the assets we already have in order to leverage these assets to address local challenges, before making a plan for action.

The forums were first held in 2016 in Cullman County. The forums helped Cullman County residents identify and address salient community issues.  Out of 67 Alabama Counties, Barbour County was selected to hold the next series of forums – this is a great opportunity to improve our Barbour County quality of life!!!  Please RSVP, take the short Survey, and join your neighbors at the first forum April 12th.

As a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening civic life in Alabama, the DMC will facilitate and moderate the three deliberative forums designed to give Barbour County residents the opportunity to have productive and respectful conversations about local issues.  Adults and youth of all ages are welcome.

If you have any questions, please call the Barbour County Extension office at (334) 687-5688.  Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  Everyone is welcome!