Scranton visioning program focus groups to meet March 25

Scranton is participating in the 2017 Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning program. Community Visioning is a transportation enhancement planning process that serves Iowa communities with a population of 10,000 or fewer residents.

An important meeting is scheduled on Saturday, March 25, with Scranton area residents invited to take part. 

The program helps community volunteers envision aesthetic and ecological improvements along roadsides and related landscapes by blending environmental stewardship with community improvement projects. Scranton is one of 10 communities selected to participate in this award-winning program in 2017.

At its initial meetings, the Scranton visioning committee learned about public involvement techniques they will use during the Community Visioning process to assess local resources and identify community needs. The information gathered will be used to develop a transportation concept plan.

The next step in the process is a focus group workshop taking place on March 25, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Scranton Community Center, 900 Madison St. Residents are invited to attend their assigned focus group to share ideas about transportation needs and opportunities for Scranton in a small group setting.

For more information about participating in a focus group or the overall Community Visioning process, please call Melinda Hinners, Community Contact Person, 712-652-3888 or Brad Riphagen, field coordinator, Trees Forever, 515-370-1291.

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Extension Landscape Architecture and Trees Forever, an Iowa-based nonprofit organization with a mission to plant trees and care for the environment. Since 1996, 235 Iowa communities have benefited from the Community Visioning Program.  ~The Scranton Journal

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