We have a unique and exciting opportunity for all residents of Trinity County to participate in shaping the future of our communities. It’s called placemaking… and your input is critical to our success.
Placemaking is a people-centered approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces. Our particular placemaking initiative aims to address local challenges around three key areas:
- Workforce Development
- Revitalization Strategies and Overall Quality of Life
Across all three areas, this initiative will identify strategic opportunities, and develop goals, strategies, and action steps in a custom placemaking playbook. The end goals are to:
- Generate Economic and Social Development
- Retain and/or Increase Population
- Improve Overall Quality of Life
Thanks to efforts by Suzi Kochems (Grants Coordinator for Trinity County), Trinity County received a Rural Business Development Grant from the USDA that is funding this initiative and our partnership with Atlas Community Studios. Atlas Community Studios has a great deal of experience working with rural areas like ours to create these playbooks.
Libby Crimmings, President of Atlas Community Studios, was here this week to gain first-hand knowledge about our county and to lead public workshops in Weaverville and Hayfork. I was very impressed with her efforts to facilitate healthy, productive conversation in the Weaverville workshop. It was great to see people opening up in a safe, encouraging environment to discuss their concerns, ideas, and aspirations for Trinity County.
Whether you were able to attend one of these workshops or not, you still have a great opportunity to provide your input. This link will take you to an online survey that covers the same subjects discussed in the workshop… but at an even deeper level of detail. I hope you will take the time to share your thoughts via the survey.
Public input is the (critical) first phase of this initiative. With our input in hand, Libby and the team will then develop a community assessment, and finally, a playbook. This playbook will reflect all that has been learned in the first two phases and provide us with a clear path forward. The playbook is expected to be ready in the July/August timeframe.
Check out this website to learn more and to keep up with developments.