WINSLOW – Town of Winslow Director Erica LaCroix is ââhosting a series of events called âCoffee with the Directorâ to discuss issues and ideas that are important to residents and community members during an exciting time of growth of new businesses, development opportunities and regional entrepreneurial activities. Providing a forum for feedback and supporting future regional planning initiatives, against the backdrop of current and upcoming historic federal funding opportunities, Winslow is poised to continue its trend of resilience and growth.
In a relaxed yet collegial setting, the overarching goal of the series is to assess how the Town of Winslow can more effectively help local businesses and community members embrace meaningful municipal change and prepare for fundraising opportunities. current and future federal governments. Topics for discussion will include, but are not limited to: education, workforce development, business development, waterfront planning, infrastructure and general municipal efforts.
âHearing their stories and building relationships with the community will provide the Town of Winslow with the opportunity to continue to know its residents, learn what the community is passionate about and bring new and existing strategic projects to life,â says LaCroix. . âI look forward to the opportunity to engage thoughtfully with residents to create tangible and positive change. “
LaCroix seeks to promote intentional engagement with the community and local businesses, producing short and long term goals aligned with the needs of the municipality. By giving residents the opportunity to talk about the place creation initiatives and the growth of the urban core along the waterfront, âCafÃ© with the Directorâ will provide a forum for open discussion and ideation, allowing members to community to provide feedback on the most important issues.
âPublic participation and contribution lays the foundation for impactful municipal projects and sustainable economic development initiatives,â says Sabrina Jandreau, development coordinator at the Central Maine Growth Council (CMGC). “The businesses and residents of Winslow understand the importance of stimulating local economic growth and cultivating the conditions for positive change, and ‘Coffee with the Manager’ invites residents and stakeholders to invest in the future of the city. “
âCoffee with the Directorâ will kick off its first gathering on Wednesday, October 20 from 9 am to 10 am at the Winslow Parks and Recreation office, located at 114 Benton Avenue in Winslow.