March 13, 2004

“Cool Cities” Talk Promises Next Generation Insights

It starts with the standard recipe for cool: good people, good music, beer . . . but Tuesday night’s gathering hosted by the Ann Arbor Cool Cities Task Force will add an unusual ingredient: public policy.

Charged with identifying ways to attract and retain 21-35 year-olds to the city, the group is inviting community members to come talk about the values and issues that should be prioritized by city officials when making decisions about affordable housing, support for the arts and economic vitality.

“We have to hold on to the creative edge,” said Conan Smith, chair of the task force. “The vibrancy of our city depends on remaining a supportive place for the next Charlotte Owen, Bob Seger or Bill Hewlett.”

The feedback from the gathering will by used by the Cool Cities Task Force to create value guidelines and policy recommendations for the City Council and various city agencies.

What: Ann Arbor’s Cool Cities Task Force Public Dialogue

Where: The Tap Room at Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington

When: Tuesday, March 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Format: Informal discussions in small groups; Facilitated prioritization of values/issue

Posted by robg3 at March 13, 2004 10:09 AM