Earlier last week a group of community leaders released the results of the Community Assessment phase of the community and economic development strategic plan for Greater Dalton. Over 150 people came to Dalton City Hall to learn about the results on a rainy Tuesday night. What they learned was that Greater Dalton has some challenges and a lot of opportunities. Most people who came to the meeting or read through the Community Assessment seem to agree that it is a fair assessment of where we are today.
It is our starting line. But it won't be our finish line.
At the end of the day, this strategic planning process is about writing Greater Dalton's future, and we have the opportunity to write our future any way we want.
Until Tuesday night I'd never been at a public presentation that ended in raucous cheers. The positive energy in the room was palpable. That meant a lot, but mostly what it meant is there are at least 150 people in Greater Dalton who want to be a part of writing Greater Dalton's future. I suspect there are a whole lot more than that.
If you couldn't attend, everything is available at