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Community Assessment Team coming to Philip

“Pioneering Our Future” is the theme for the Philip area and Haakon County Community Assessment to be held on October 12-14, 2004.

“The homesteaders and ranchers who settled in this area took charge of their lives,” says Glenn Parsons, President of the Philip Chamber of Commerce. “They didn’t just let things happen to them, but set about to improve their lives by opportunities available to them. They organized into communities that cooperated in order to improve their lives. The same needs to be true for us today. We need to assess ourselves as a community, gather together, and take charge of our future--not just let outside economic forces dictate to us what happens in the Philip area and in Haakon County.”

To further that purpose, the Philip Chamber of Commerce has invited the SD Rural Development Council to hold assessment meetings in Philip. These meetings will help unify the community and provide a process through which every person can voice their concerns regarding the community’s future. The information gathered will be used to address a wide range of concerns.

The assessment will identify the community’s highest priorities, and where to start for further economic development and planning strategies. The resulting report can be used with grant applications as proof of planning, and contributions can be used to leverage grant applications. It offers long-term support and will assist the community in identifying and utilizing volunteers to accomplish the established goals.

The SD Rural Development Council Assessment team is made up of highly qualified business leaders, government staff, and individuals representing private organizations, all who donate time and experience to help our community better plan our future.

What you have to say is important to the area’s future. You will have your chance to express your ideas at the Community Assessment meetings on October 12-14. Each of you is urged to take part in one or as many session as you like. Most sessions will be held at the Bad River Senior Citizen Center, 115 South Center Avenue in Philip. Specific meeting times are:

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.—Banking, Financial, and Insurance Meeting.

7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.—Business, Retail, and Industry Meeting.

8:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.—City and County Government Meeting.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

7:00 a.m. -8:00 a.m.— Chamber and Economic Development Meeting.

8:00 a.m. -9:00 a.m.— Health Care Services & EMT Service Meeting.

9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.— Agriculture Meeting.

11:00 a.m. -12:00 a.m.— Youth Meeting (at school).

12:30 p.m. -3:00 p.m.— Community Tour by Assessment Team.

3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.—Civic Groups Meeting.

4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.— Milesville / Midland Meeting.

6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.— Churches and Non-Profit Organizations Meeting.

7:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.— Educators and Parents Meeting.



Thursday, October 14, 2004

7:00 a.m. -8:00 a.m.— Public Works/Safety and Law Enforcement Meeting.

8:00 a.m. -9:00 a.m.— Agriculture Meeting.

9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.— General Open Meeting.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. —Chamber/City Council Board Members Meet

11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.— Seniors Meeting.

1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.— Seniors Meeting.

5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.— Community-wide Potluck Dinner at Fine Arts Building in the High School.

6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.— Town Hall Meeting at Fine Arts Building.

Community support from all sectors of our community life is essential for this to be a success. Some of the questions posed to the participants will be:

What are the major concerns and challenges in our community?

What are the major strengths and assets of the community?

What projects would you like accomplished in our community over the next 2, 5, 10, and 20 years?

The meetings are free to the public. For more information, contact Shirley Chin, coordinator, at 859-2645, or e-mail philipcc@gwtc .net.

(The following article for publication on October 5)

The Philip Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Community Assessment Meetings on October 12-14, 2004.

The purpose of this assessment is to get a better understanding of who we are as a community and where we need to go in the future.

Community support is essential for this endeavor to be a success. What you have to say is important to the future of the Philip area and Haakon County. Many sessions are being offered and everyone is encouraged to take part in one or as many session as you would like. You will have your chance to express your ideas when you attend a session. Some of the questions that will be posed to the participants will be: What are the major concerns and challenges in our community? What are the major strengths and assets of the community? What projects would you like to see accomplished in our community over the next 2, 5, 10 and 20 years?

The assessment is affordable, and enhances community unification development. The information gathered will provide municipal and community leaders with a process to evaluate a wide range of community concerns. It will also connect state and local rural development experts, as well as financial and technical contacts, with the community’s development issues. The assessment will identify the community’s highest priorities, and where to start, for further economic development and planning strategies.

The report resulting from the assessment can be used with grant applications as proof of planning, and contributions can be used to leverage grant applications. It offers long-term support and assists the community in identifying and utilizing volunteers to accomplish the established goals.

All community members are encouraged to participate in one or more of the session to express their opinions. The Assessment team will present a preliminary report at the Town Hall Meeting to be held at the Fine Arts Center in the High School on Thursday, October 14th, at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this presentation as well as the Community Potluck beginning at 5:00 p.m. also in the Fine Arts Center.

For more information you can contact Shirley Chin at 859-2645, or e-mail philipcc@gwtc.net.