Participate in shaping the future of Nevada City |

Participate in shaping the future of Nevada City

Many residents and downtown merchants of Nevada City have expressed to me their feelings of the necessity to revisit the vision of our city or the purpose which binds us together as a community. Many merchants of our city have come together recently to create a Business Improvement District for the express purpose of revitalizing the downtown business environment, to acquaint local people with the advantages of shopping locally and to control the appearance of our city and control our surroundings.

I believe the Business Improvement District effort is motivated by a desire to create a better environment for us all and to acquaint the community with the need to look inward and outward at our surroundings.

I further believe that our surroundings reflect ourselves, and therefore, the looks of our city indicates who we are.

I also believe that one of the reasons behind maintaining Nevada City as an old village is to reflect our old-time value system of honesty and personal integrity. These bricks and boards reflect our soul.

There is some resistance to the Business Improvement District’s effort, and I believe it is due to an unclear vision of where our city is headed and what residents want from our city.

It has been proven over and over again, from many studies of successful operations, that those operations with a clear vision that is shared by all result in the success of that entity.

I care about our city and, consequently, I have organized an opportunity for those who care to meet and clarify our city vision and purpose and begin the process, if necessary, of changing the General Plan to reflect our community vision.

The meeting will be at City Council chambers at City Hall, Wednesday, April 13, from 8 to 10 a.m. The city manager, as well as many other people from all levels of our community, will be attending.

The sole purpose of this meeting is to bring us together to work in harmony, to define our city vision, and to begin the process of causing our vision to emerge.

Please help me prepare for this meeting by sending me two statements. First, a single sentence as to why you live in Nevada City, and second, your single-sentence “Vision for Nevada City.’ You may e-mail me or snail mail your responses to the Nevada City Classic Cafe , 216 Broad St. Nevada City, 95959. Please respond before April 11.

The agenda of this meeting is to report a summary of these statements, report Business Improvement District efforts to date, Chamber of Commerce efforts to date, work with all attendees to determine our vision for Nevada City, review city and business organizational structures, and review and define, if necessary, any structural or organization changes necessary to carry out that Vision. We will then appoint a committee to prepare a document to provide our City Council with suggestions for future direction of our community.

If you care, come and contribute. As always, the future of our City is in your hands.

Kirk Valentine is a mechanical engineer who has run his own companies for the last 42 years. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Educational Foundation for the Yuba River Charter School. He served on the board of directors for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Genevieve live in Nevada City and own Nevada City Classic Café (formerly Moores).

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