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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

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WCU Public Policy Institute to facilitate ‘Focus on Franklin’ discussion July 30 

The Public Policy Institute of Western Carolina University and the municipality of Franklin will hold a Focus on Franklin town hall style meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Franklin Town Hall.

Facilitated by PPI staff, the meeting will provide members of the public and business owners an opportunity to talk about the town and to offer suggestions. Surveys will be available for those who do not want to speak in public.

Among the questions the PPI will address are: What do you see as the best part of living or working in Franklin? What do you see as the biggest draws for visitors? What do you see as the worst part of living or working in Franklin? Do you believe the town government is sensitive to your needs, and why or why not?

“We are wanting folks to come in and give us an assessment of where we are going as a town, how we are going to get there and what are we going to leave for future generations,” said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

The Public Policy Institute was founded in 1999 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent research and outreach organization. The mission of the PPI is to generate effective public policy responses and alternatives to important political, administrative and social problems that profoundly affect the quality of life in Western North Carolina.

For more information about the “Focus on Franklin” event or other PPI initiatives, call the institute at 828.227.3898 or visit the website www.ppi.wcu.edu.

 

Issues and Eggs series kicks off

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will begin a new year of monthly breakfast meetings, the Issues and Eggs series, on Aug. 6 with speaker Mayor Gavin Brown speaking about the importance of community. Issues and Eggs is held at Laurel Ridge Country Club at 8 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. The meeting is open to Chamber members and the public. Registration is mandatory. 

The meetings this year include a wide range of speakers and topics. Speakers range from the CEO of MedWest to those from the N.C. Department of Commerce and a meet and greet of all local political candidates.

Registration can be done online through the Chamber calendar. www.haywoodchamber.com or 828.456.3021.

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