"It's been over ten years since we've taken a good look at ourselves," said Saco personnel officer and project manager, Stephanie Weaver. "Who we are, where we've been, and where we'd like to go next. These are important questions. It's time to ask them again."
According to Weaver, the project marks an ambitious departure for the city, incorporating a variety of listening tools to "meet our residents where they are." These include a project-specific website, with consistently updated news about the process; opportunities to comment online; a community survey exploring key issues; small, topic-specific focus groups; and a large, community-wide discussion meeting in early December.
"We want to hear from everyone," she added, "and we've designed the process to make sure that's possible."
Input collected during the process is expected to be presented to Council in February and will be used to create a vision of "what success looks like." With this vision in mind, City Council will set long term goals and 3-5 major priorities that support implementation. Staff, in turn, will then develop work plans to get everything done.
"We'd like everyone to be a part of the process," said Saco Mayor Don Pilon, "so it's very important that you engage yourself, come forward and participate. I want to hear from you. I want to hear not just what's best about Saco but what can be better in the future."
Meeting schedules and further details can be found online at www.sacobridge2025.org.