Decatur Diary | November 13, 2015

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Residents Turn Out for First Look at Action Plan Directives

Decatur residents got their first look at the 71 action items comprising the bulk of the city’s emerging Community Action Plan Thursday evening during a spirited gathering of over 100 participants.

Beginning with a broad community discussion last August and further engaging residents through an online survey and various small-group conversations, the Better Together process has been a reflective and interactive opportunity to consider how we, as a community, excel (or fail) in our efforts to relate to and accommodate one another…

Decatur Diary | November 9, 2015

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Check out the first draft of our Community Action Plan

Working from the contributions of almost a thousand Decatur residents, the Better Together team has been hard at work compiling, distilling and presenting the community’s many ideas in the form of a first draft Community Action Plan. Now that draft will be available for community review and comment on Thursday, November 12 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Marriott Courtyard’s Decatur Conference Center, Ballroom B…

Decatur Diary | September 1, 2015

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250+ Gather to Launch Better Together Community Conversation

On Saturday, August 29, more than 250 Decatur neighbors — residents, students, business owners, retirees and others — gathered in the Ebster Gym and devoted five hours of their day to a frank and focused conversation on diversity — sharing their Decatur experience and listening as others did the same.

The event marked the formal launch of the Better Together initiative, a substantive community conversation around the myriad differences — in culture, race, age, abilities, politics, economic resources, and more — that make us who we are…

Decatur Diary | August 26, 2015

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Don’t Miss Saturday’s Kick-Off Conversation: All are welcome!

For the past nine months, Better Together’s organizing committee — called the Leadership Circle — has been working to convene a broad community conversation around the myriad differences — in culture, race, age, abilities, politics, economic resources, and more — that make us who we are.

This Saturday, August 29, from 10am-3pm, that conversation begins, as the now hundreds of registered Decatur residents meet in the gym of the Beacon Municipal Center and begin the process of finding common ground on challenging issues like fairness. Or inclusion. Or equity.

Won’t you be one of them? All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registrations are still being accepted here so please make plans to join us.

Decatur Diary | July 31, 2015

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Let’s Go! Better Together participation opportunities announced

Decatur’s Better Together process is facilitating a substantive community conversation around the myriad differences — in culture, race, age, abilities, politics, economic resources, and more — that make us who we are. From it, we’ll craft a substantive Community Action Plan filled with policy goals and other recommendations for implementing Principle B of Decatur’s 2010 Strategic Plan: “Encourage a diverse and engaged community.”

And now we’ve got the details on how you can get involved!