There’s a “community visioning” meeting set for Thursday in the Patterson Civic Center. (See page 1A) What’s community visioning and how is it going to be different from all the other meetings which have been held here since Alcoa closed three and one-half years ago?
That’s pretty much up to us.
There aren’t hard and fast rules for community visioning. Each community finds its own pace, participants and techniques. Thursday’s session will be guided by an expert facilitator, Tom Stelleman, president and CEO of TIP Strategies in Austin, an organization which has already undertaken an exhaustive survey of Milam County and its economic potential.
What’s the most important thing you can bring to Thursday’s meeting? That’s an easy one. A positive attitude.
Visioning requires first, and most of all, visions. Lots of them. It will be up to the process to try and synthesize our individual visions into a collective one, or even determine how much of “why don’t we try this?” might be possible at this point.
But it’s certain the kind of vision sought for Thursday will only come from those who care about moving Rockdale forward and who will bring a positive attitude with them.
To put it a bit more bluntly. Thursday’s meeting isn’t about things we don’t like about Rockdale. Please save that for another time and place, if you must. It’s about making Rockdale better for us, our families and future generations.
A noted economist once wrote: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Okay, that wasn’t an economist. It was King Solomon. In fact that’s from Proverbs 29:18.
But the message is as true today as ever. People, economies, communities need a vision. Rockdale’s going to work on one Thursday evening.
Bring your suggestions, ideas, dreams, expertise and join in. But bring your positive attitude, too.—M.B.