For Immediate Release
March 28, 2013
THE VILLAGE SQUARE CONTINUES ‘OUR TOWN’ FORUM SERIES
Leadership Tallahassee and Tallahassee Democrat partner in local leadership forum
(TALLAHASSEE, FL) – March 28, 2013 – If you want to participate in civic life in Tallahassee but aren’t interested in preparing a three-minute speech for a commission meeting, what options do you have? Next Thursday night, April 4, citizens will have a rare opportunity to talk informally with both Tallahassee City Commissioners and Leon County Commissioners.
“OUR TOWN: Local Leadership Forum” is a continuation of an ongoing series of unique local issues forums sponsored by The Village Square, a nonprofit formed by local leaders – from both sides of the political divide – to improve the civility and factual accuracy of civic dialogue. The series is part of a grant funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Fund at the Community Foundation of North Florida to foster an informed, engaged community.
At a time when budgets are tight and tempers short, the traditional American town hall meeting offers an important opportunity to understand the choices we must make as a community.
Moderated by Tallahassee Democrat editor Bob Gabordi, the program will pair commissioners from both the city and the county for a cross-governmental discussion about where Tallahassee is as a community, where we’re going, and what challenges we face in getting there. The forum is co-sponsored by Leadership Tallahassee and the Tallahassee Democrat.
The program is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 211 N. Monroe Street (use rear Calhoun Street entrance). It is free and open to the public; a reservation is required. Participants are welcome to bring a take-out dinner and a drink. Later programs include “Speed Date Your Local Leaders” on April 11 and “Fast Forward Tallahassee” on May 6.
Those who are unable to attend can watch the program livestream at www.Tallahassee.com or follow an online discussion on Twitter, hashtag #TDvsq.
For more information (including a list of participating commissioners) and to RSVP and print your ticket, go to www.tothevillagesquare.org, or call 850-264-8785.