by nathan oster
The schedule of listening sessions for the Greybull community assessment has been finalized.
The assessment, which is being sponsored locally by the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greybull Economic Development Board, will occur between Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Sept. 19.
A rural resource team will conduct the assessment, which will involve gathering input from the various segments of the community and then developing a report for the community’s use that is based upon the input received.
The first two listening sessions will take place at Town Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The first one, at 3 p.m., will focus on the retail, business, industrial, utilities and insurance sectors. That will be followed at 4 p.m. by a session on professional, financial and banking sectors. A general listening session will cap the day, starting at 7 p.m. at the Speakeasy.
A full day is planned on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The agriculture listening session, at 8 a.m., and the session for the fire, EMT, law enforcement and government sectors, at 9 a.m., will both take place at Town Hall.
Greybull Alliance Church will be the site of the church sector listening session at 10:15 a.m.
The senior center will host the next three listening sessions. Senior citizens will have their say at 1 p.m., the health, medical and social services sectors at 2 p.m. and the veterans and civic clubs will weigh in at 3 p.m.
The final two sessions of the day on Wednesday will take place in the GES cafeteria, with youth and family going at 6 p.m. followed by a general listening session at 7 p.m.
The final three listening sessions will take place in the GHS auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 19. The education discussion is set for 8 a.m., followed by recreation and jobs at 9 a.m. and the tourism, chamber and economic development discussions at 10:45 a.m.
The resource team is scheduled to discuss the findings of its report at a 7 p.m. meeting that night at the Herb Asp Community Center.
Julie Bilbrey, who is coordinating the assessment for the chamber and the economic development board, said the public is welcome and encouraged to attend any of the listening sessions.
While the listening sessions are set up to solicit public input, they are not the only way for local residents to weigh in on the direction of their community.
In the survey, community residents are being asked:
1) What are the major problems and challenges in your community?
2) What are the major strengths and assets in your community?
3) What projects would you like to see accomplished in your community in the next two, five, 10 and 20 years?
For information about the resource team effort, the listening session process or the listening session agenda, contact Bilbrey at 765-9319.