- Workforce Development/Jobs/Community Centers
- Neighborhood Oriented Retail and Services
- Housing Diversity and Affordability
- Youth-Education and Services
- Environmental Concerns
Each person got to choose which issue they wanted to focus on for the day and then the room was divided into groups of people who wanted to discuss the same issue. I sat at one of the tables discussing Neighborhood Oriented Retail and Services. Most people chose Youth Education and Services, while the other four issues were pretty evenly distributed. Each group discussed assets and challenges that their issue presented to the community, then brainstormed ideas that could be implemented over the next 1-3 years to help resolve their particular issue. Out of the large lists of ideas for each issue, everyone in the room voted on which top two ideas were most important.
- Incorporate Ward 6 in the SW Waterfront development's workforce program (currently only Wards 5, 7 & 8 are targeted)
- Identify and create a workforce clearing house
- Increase of locally-owned businesses
- Use vacant land at Waterfront Station until new development is completed
- Stronger coalitions to represent all types of residents' interests to developers and policymakers
- Make sure residential developers commit to specific housing preferences for current residences/residents
- Bolster pre-K program
- Utilize Jefferson Middle School for adult vocational education and workforce development
- Develop community gardens using public land and church offered space and transitional dog parks
- Avoid over development: keep height and density restrictions
Once the top two ideas for each issue were voted on, the groups met again to discuss how to implement those ideas. The CBCC will make the results of the brainstorming session available in about a week or so and will use these ideas to come up with suggestions for community benefits agreements between developers and the ANC.
Did any of you attend the summit? What did you think?