A comprehensive plan on economic development that was crafted in 2009 by the Greenfield administration is being revisited by a group of local residents who are inviting the community to take part.
According to resident John Adams, who spoke to the Greenfield Rotary Club on Thursday, he and a handful of other residents came together with the notion “to reenergize” a few things in the community.
“A lot of work” went into the development of the comprehensive plan of 2009, Adams said, but the plan never went anywhere. He said there was no accountability in the old plan and there were too many goals. Narrowing the focus and setting new goals is the immediate plan. And that is where the call to the community comes in.
Two meetings are set, one for May 9 and the other for May 16. Both meetings will be held at 6 p.m. at the Wellness Center at C.A.R.E. Chiropractic at 309 Jefferson St. Any and all interested in taking part are welcome to do so.
Adams stressed there were a lot of good things happening in Greenfield right now, but if more people came together to focus on areas that aren’t getting that much attention, some more good things could happen, and that could start with revisiting the 2009 plan.
“We’re just a group of regular people here that want to support the village,” he said.
He was joined at the meeting by Rotarian Eric Borsini and resident Shari Royse-Bellar. Phil Clyburn addressed the Greenfield Village Council on the plan on Wednesday, Adams said.
Economic development, he said, is a “common concern” in Greenfield, and the goal of these citizens coming together, updating the 2009 plan, is “really to spur economic growth in Greenfield.”
Greenfield, Adams said, doesn’t “have enough money or people to accomplish 100 things,” but he asked Rotarians to consider what a few dedicated people with a clear idea could accomplish.
Royse-Bellar said the group moving forward with this plan will have the advantage of the expertise of Myra Moss of the Ohio State University Extension offices and economic development consultant Bill Grunkemeyer. Both are offering their expertise to Greenfield for no charge. Moss and Grunkemeyer will also lead the meetings in May.
“They feel positive that with the support of the community they can help us obtain grants and get some things done,” she said.
In other Rotary business, the Greenfield Rotary Club recently voted to extend its meetings to include a once-a-month evening meeting to be held the first Thursday of each month. The first of these meetings will be held on May 5 at 7 p.m. at Catch 22 Sports Pub, 250 Jefferson St.
The purpose of adding an evening meeting each month is to allow those who are interested in Rotary, but otherwise unable to make the weekly lunch meetings, an opportunity to gather and be a part of the service organization. Therefore, the May 5 meeting will be informational. Anyone wanting to learn more about the Greenfield Rotary Club is welcome to attend.
Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.
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