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Posted on: May 22, 2018

The OB Life Initiative: Residents to Help Shape the City


The City of Ormond Beach is launching a Citizen Engagement Initiative to ensure our citizens have a voice in shaping the future of our city.  “The OB Life” initiative involves a series of meetings on key topics over the next eight months, a new web-based platform called Open Gov to help gain input on services and city plans including the ability to conduct resident surveys, and a focus on sharing city information on the city’s website and through email. 


 


“The City Commission knows that people who live in Ormond Beach care about maintaining a vibrant community with character and charm,” said Mayor Bill Partington. “Ask anyone and they will tell you that The OB Life is special. We want to build on that love of the city and listen to the ideas and suggestions of our residents to help shape our city for years to come as we work towards updating our strategic plan in 2019.”


 


Over the next month, residents will receive information in their utility bills about The OB Life citizen engagement series of meetings. The first meeting will take place on Thursday, June 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Calvary Christian Academy Kids Center, 1687 W. Granada Blvd. It will be the kickoff of The OB Life engagement series with a focus on community development. Subsequent meetings and topics are:


 


Jul.  24:         Transportation and Livable Communities


Aug. 30:         Environment and Water Quality


Sep 25:          Public Safety: Police, Fire and Emergency Preparedness


Oct. 23:           Leisure and Culture


Nov. 27          Economic Development


Jan. 22           Program Summary and Wrap Up


 


All meetings are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be held at the same location at 1687 W. Granada Blvd. They will be interactive, with a positive and constructive environment that encourages the sharing of thoughts and ideas. 


 


Information gathered at the meetings will be presented to the City Commission, along with feedback from the Open Gov on line system, to provide input in updating the City's 2019 Strategic Plan. 


 


“We know the strength of our city is in the people who live here. We’re inviting all citizens to attend and participate in these workshops so that the City of Ormond Beach can continue to be a great place to live, work and play,” said Partington. For more information, visit ormondbeach.org.


 


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