Thursday, August 20, 2009

Youngstown CDA Communicator

Greater Youngstown 2.0 is happy to help the Steel Valley concerned publicize events and generally get the word out. The Youngstown Community Development Agency (CDA) has jumped into the world of social media with a blog of its own:

This blog is your place to read about achievements within the CDA and city. There's also going to be some topics that can lend themselves to a bit more regularlity. Expect monthly updates on board of zoning appeals, planning commission agendas, and design and review meetings.

It's also a good place to check out what plans the department has for future community development. Posting statistics about demolitions completed and properties land banked is obviously necessary, but these numbers aren't really noteworthy unless they are pieces of the greater whole, laid against the backdrop of a plan. So expect to find here not only a list of what the CDA has done, but also some thoughts on the department's long term goals and aspirations.

I'm a commissioner for planning and zoning in Longmont, Colorado. At our last meeting, we talked about community outreach and the need to provoke more input from residents. A blog is a great way to do that. I hope the people of Youngstown will avail themselves of this resource.

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