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Join the Vision

Published 11:36am Friday, April 20, 2012

Fourteen months ago, Austin leaders established a community betterment initiative called Vision 2020, and on Wednesday night, that group announced its much anticipated, top 10 projects to implement by the end of the decade. Now it’s time for residents to choose a vision they’re passionate about and join the cause.

The list of projects is broad, and everyone can certainly find an area of interest; from improving the biking trails, waterways or education, to attracting new business or building a community recreation center, everyone’s life will be impacted by one project or another. In fact, establishing fiber optics or high-speed wireless Internet for every home, business and school pretty much covers everyone itself.

Creating a top 10 list is a big step, but as 2020 Chairman Gary Ray points out, it’s not the finish line. For the project to be a success, it once again needs an outpouring of community support.

Vision 2020 is a grassroots project, and narrowing the list from 4,000 community submissions to 91, then 30 and now 10 was a democratic process, and it couldn’t have happened without wide support. The Herald encourages everyone to choose a vision and attend the project committee formation meeting 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Frank W. Bridges Auditorium on the Riverland Community College campus.

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