Imagine Pittsburg seeks public input – News – Morning Sun

PITTSBURG — The Imagine Pittsburg 2030 Plan is in the midst of a revamp by its steering committee, and this week, the public is being asked for input.

The Imagine Pittsburg 2030 effort began in 2010 as an initiative of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, as business, education and community leaders identified a need for a grassroots, citizen-driven visioning effort to strategically address the community’s opportunities and challenges through the year 2030.

The plan went into effect in 2012 and calls for update every five years. This week, the Chamber will host four town hall forums — starting Tuesday — to gather public input on updates to the plan.

“We have a very diverse steering committee that has been looking at what initiatives have been accomplished, what is still outstanding, new opportunities and challenges facing Pittsburg,” Chamber President Blake Benson said. “We want to gather input to make sure new initiatives are in line with the direction the public would like to see Pittsburg take.”

Town hall forums take place August 1 at the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center, August 2 at Meadowlark Elementary, August 3 at The Homer Cole Community Center and August 7 at Pittsburg High School. All meetings begin at 6 p.m.

“We chose different nights of the week and different locations so no matter where someone lives in the community, there is a town hall close to them,” Benson said.

Following this public input, Steering Committee Co-chairman Joe Dellasega said the group will incorporate those thoughts into a final version of the plan, set for release this fall.

Similar programs in the past have led to the construction of the Family Resource Center and the creation of the Business Education Alliance.

The Imagine Pittsburg 2030 Plan will be used not only by the City of Pittsburg, but the school system, medical community, chamber and more to make sure their future plans are in line with the citizens’ vision for Pittsburg.

“As these groups make their plans for five, 10 or 15 years down the road, the Imagine Pittsburg plan can help guide them to make sure they are in line with the community’s vision,” Benson said.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.

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