Manila residents encouraged to attend town meeting

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Manila to participate in development efforts, residents encouraged to attend town hall meeting to voice opinions on March 25

MANILA -- A local steering committee of Manila officials and leaders will participate in a strategic planning initiative during the week of March 25 and residents are invited to attend a town hall session to voice opinions on local and regional opportunities.

The meetings and planning sessions are part of reNEW East Arkansas, a project designed to increase development opportunities and improve quality of life in eastern Arkansas. The East Arkansas Planning and Development District (EAPDD), which serves 12 counties in the region, launched the project last year after successfully obtaining a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in November 2011.

A steering committee comprised of a cross-section of community leaders will gather for two full days on Monday, March 25, and Tuesday, March 26, at Manila City Hall for "plan week," a 13-hour process resulting in a comprehensive strategic plan for the county.

There will also be a meeting open to the entire community Monday evening. The Voice of the Community session will give citizens a chance to provide key input to steering committee members. The session will be held Monday, March 25, from 6-8 p.m. at Manila Community Center located at 855 Airport Road.

EAPDD is a non-profit, regional planning and development agency, serving a 12-county area of East Arkansas. The District's purpose is to promote and support the economic development of the region. It does this by providing technical assistance to the cities, counties, businesses, and other development organizations in the area, and by networking extensively with state and federal resource agencies.

Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner encourages residents to attend the Voice of the Community public meeting on Monday evening.

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