Positive Place Initiative to host “Chew on This” events

February 18th, 2013

The Positive Place Initiative presents “Chew on This,” a series of small group discussions focused on issues and action items collected from the 300 voices at the BOOST—Building On Our Strengths Together—event held at the end of January.

“Chew on This” consists of five, concurrent, small group conversations that will take place at different community locations throughout Wayne County from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28.

Event coordinator, Katherine Frank, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indiana University East, urges people to attend and expect a lively and engaged discussion managed by a facilitator and communicated to a larger audience of followers by people through the use of Twitter.

“This is a chance to continue, deepen, and broaden the community conversation initiated in January,” Frank said.  “The conversations are designed to bring together more voices and perspectives and to move towards identifying action items for what Jim Walker, founder and president of Big Car in Indianapolis, described as ‘quick wins’ during his talk at the BOOST event.”

Jim Walker will be one of the facilitators of the small group sessions, along with Dave Snow, Tom Williams, Tom Butters, and Tyler Vanderpool at the other four locations.

People may sign up to attend a session at the Firehouse BBQ & Blues (Richmond), Mt. Olive Baptist Church (Richmond), Willie and Red’s (Hagerstown), and Building 125 (Cambridge City).  The conversation at Roscoe’s Coffee Bar and Tap Room (Richmond) featuring Jim Walker as the facilitator is sold out.  Tickets for the Firehouse BBQ & Blues and Willie and Red’s are $15 per person, which includes food and one drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).  The event at Building 125 is free and the Cambridge City Chamber of Commerce will provide food and beverages, as is the pitch-in at Mt. Olive Baptist Church (please bring a dish to share).  All conversations are limited to twenty participants, except for the event at Mt. Olive that can accommodate more participants.

Interested participants may register for the event at:  http://waynecounty.eventbrite.com/# Reservations are required.

About the Positive Place Initiative
The Positive Place Initiative is one of several projects that have grown out of the Richmond Mayor’s Council on Economic Vitality. This group of business, community, and political leaders was convened to identify the area’s best opportunities for economic advancement and find solutions to problems that stand in our way.

For more information about the Positive Place Initiative visit positivelywaynecounty.com.

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