Forums will address county’s issues |

Forums will address county’s issues

The public is encouraged to attend any of three forums this month to build consensus about what matters most to the citizens of Nevada County.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Nevada County Community Assessment Project, the forums will provide a chance to talk about issues such as affordable housing; the availability of health services, higher wages and better jobs; traffic and roads; air quality; and recreation. These are among the concerns identified by residents in the fourth year of United Way’s Community Assessment Project (CAP).

“Bring a friend, enjoy some refreshments, have conversations with your neighbors, and invest yourself in our community,” said United Way Executive Director Jan Bray. “We’ll give some background on the data and how we got here, then people will have a chance to talk about what interests them.”

Bray said the feedback will be the basis for the next steps of the CAP process of determining priorities, setting goals, taking action, and measuring and evaluating results.

“Before we can effectively leverage increasingly scarce resources where they need to be, we need to know what the community wants,” she said.

The most recent CAP Comprehensive Report can be seen at A volunteer data-analysis team distilled the information from the report into a “community portrait” of the critical priorities to be the focal point for the forums.

Forum locations will provide opportunities for feedback directly into different parts of the community, in an effort to encourage participation.

All forums will begin at 7 p.m. and end before 9:30 p.m. For more information, call United Way at 274-8111.

Community forums

Tuesday: Higgins Community Center (Lake of the Pines), corner of Magnolia and East Hacienda roads.

April 15: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

April 23: Truckee Town Hall, 10183 Truckee Airport Road

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