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Public Invited To Community Dialogs

December 20, 2007 00:00


Public Invited To Community Dialogs to Address Pressing Social Issues

Key decision makers and leaders from business, law enforcement, education, social services and communities of faith have been invited to speak face to face with leaders from the Cities of Troutdale, Wood Village, Gresham and Fairview governments to participate in the first of four dynamic community dialogs in 2008. Beginning Thursday, January 3, 2008, the facilitated forums will go from 3-5 p.m. and be held in the 2nd Floor Sharon Kelly Conference room, Multnomah Services Building located at 600 NE Kelly, in Gresham. The public is invited to attend and participate.

Facilitated and planned to maximize their time, the dialogs are hosted by the East County Caring Community [ECCC] and the Greater Gresham Area Prevention Partnership [GGAPP]. Each dialog session will build off of the previous one to help develop plans and action teams; enhancing efforts to tackle such pressing East County issues such as increasing homelessness and poverty, job creation, transportation and crime prevention. It is envisioned that these dialogs will assist leaders in more strategically increasing resources and provide a unique forum for information sharing to ultimately design better services cohesion.

“By creating an opportunity to meet face to face we think key decision makers and front line leaders can build stronger relationships and maybe some new partnerships. In the end, it’s an opportunity to prove to average citizens that everyone is actually working together to stretch tax dollars and make things happen for the better,” said ECCC Chair Jim Buck.

Working together, the ECCC [a coalition of social services providers, government agency and education professionals that have been working together to build awareness and advocacy for East Multnomah County for over fifteen years], and GGAPP [a drug free communities coalition that acts to identify, coordinate and implement strategies to build a safe and healthy community through the reduction of substance abuse among youth] coalition members have planned the dialogs as a much needed response to the crisis faced daily by teachers, police officers, clergy and social service workers on the front lines. The dialogs will be held quarterly in locations throughout the four East County cities to encourage participation and attendance and thus illustrate the need for involvement from each of the four cities. To reserve a spot at the dialogs, key leaders are reminded to RSVP to GGAPP / PAL at 503-823-0250.

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