County meeting slated in Machias

Posted Oct. 06, 2010, at 9:28 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — County residents are invited to a brainstorming session where ideas and innovations for moving Washington County forward will be explored.

The meeting with the public is a yearly event for the organization Washington County: One Community, according to Eleody Libby, and will provide valuable guidance for WC:OC as it prioritizes future projects.

Washington County: One Community is a coalition of individuals, businesses, nonprofit associations, municipalities and civic organizations working together to improve the quality of life in the sunrise county, according to the organization’s website at http://wc-oc.org.

Libby said some of the projects the organization is working on are economic development, buying local efforts, wellness and childhood obesity, and food pantry support.

Another ongoing effort, Libby said Wednesday, involves taking a comprehensive look at transportation in the county and possibly organizing car pools, park and ride facilities, volunteer drivers, and linking private and not-for-profit transportation groups.

“It perhaps has never been so important as it is in these times that we continue to work together to explore, build and share in the opportunities for the people and communities of Washington County,” Libby said.

WC:OC is hosting the meeting, “Move Forward!” from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Lee Pellon Center on Route 1 in Machias.

The meeting will be an opportunity to revisit WC:OC’s priorities, determine a future path and help people connect with one another, Libby said.

“This community-driven process harnesses collective thinking and community ownership and will ultimately produce more innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions to complex challenges we face in Washington County.”

For information, contact Libby at 255-3741.

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