Challenge 21 Board member Star Bloom talked with the group about the work of more than 20 Challenge 21 volunteers as well as the role of "Community Conversations" in fostering citizen input and involvement in their communities.
According to Ms. Bloom
, "getting public input may be more important than ever today because, with the dwindling resources available to government agencies, knowing what constituents really value can help elected officials in their work.
...Team leader Star Bloom, who served as moderator for the conversation, commented that the work of this group will provide the Community Politics Team with valuable information and insights that will be used for the future planning of these conversations.
noted that the interest and support from this participating group shows a need for Tuscaloosa's citizens to discuss further the issues of planning and development.