July 27: Community Conversations launch

The Community Conversation is an engaging, fun, and exciting public meeting format that allows all voices to be heard.

Unlike standard council meetings or other gatherings where public input is gathered, Community Conversations bring people together in a positive environment where they can collaborate on ideas and come up with solutions – together.

The Community Conversation format is a tested, lively, and interactive method designed by Washington DC-based AmericaSpeaks, and led by trained facilitators to engage dialogue among diverse populations.

At each Community Conversation, about 30 people will gather and split up into tables of five to six people. At each table, participants work together to collaborate and answer the following questions:

  • What does a thriving region look like?
  • What key challenges must be address for our region to thrive, and what key strengths can we build on?
  • What one or two possibilities must be pursued to ensure the region thrives? Why?
  • It is 2025. What makes us most proud of our region, and what was key to getting us here?

Community Conversations are scheduled across parts of four states (32 counties) in a region-wide Power of 32 launch on Tuesday, July 27th, creating a forum for all residents to voice their vision for the region’s future. Residents across the region will unify in beginning the Listening Phase of this unprecedented project during the launch.

“Beginning at 8 am that day, Community Conversations will be held almost every hour in every county across the Power of 32 region,” said Selena Schmidt, Power of 32 executive director. “These public input sessions will continue in each county in August and September, but this is a great way for us to unify as a region and kick off this important initiative.” Find a conversation in your area right here! Voice your vision this Tuesday – register at www.powerof32.org!

  • Tuesday, July 27 Community Conversations are scheduled for:

    Allegany, MD
    · Cumberland: 5:30 pm at the Allegany Arts Council – 9 N. Centre Street

    Allegheny, PA
    · Homestead: 6:00 pm at The Pump House – 880 E. Waterfront Drive
    · Carnegie: 6:00 pm at Carnegie Borough Municipal Center – One Veterans Way
    · Mt. Lebanon: 6:30 pm at Mt. Lebanon Library – 16 Castle Shannon Blvd.
    · Monroeville: 6:30 at Monroeville Municipal Building, Council Chambers – 2700 Monroeville Blvd.

    Armstrong, PA
    · Freeport: 11:30 am at IUP Northpoint – 167 Northpointe Blvd.

    Beaver, PA
    · Beaver Falls: 2:00 pm at Geneva College – Northwood Hall, Room 013

    Bedford, PA
    · Everett: 12:00 pm at Union Hotel – 128 East Main Street

    Blair, PA
    · Altoona: 5:30 pm at Altoona Area Public Library – 1600 Fifth Avenue

    Butler, PA
    · Butler: 6:00 pm at CDC Office – Pullman Center Business Park

    Fayette, PA
    · Uniontown: 5:00 pm at Penn State Fayette Campus – Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium

    Greene, PA
    · Waynesburg: 4:00 pm at Southwest Regional Medical Center

    Hancock/Brooke, WV
    · Weirton: 10:00 am at West Virginia Northern Community College – Room 115

    Harrison, WV
    · Mannington: 9:00 am at Mannington Public Library – 109 Clarksburg St.

    Indiana, PA
    · Blairsville: 6:00 pm at Blairsville Recreation Center – 101 North Lane

    Jefferson, OH
    · Steubenville: 5:30 pm at Eastern Gateway Community College – 4000 Sunset Blvd.

    Lawrence, PA
    · New Castle: 1:00 pm at New Castle Public Library – 207 East North Street

    Mahoning, OH
    · Youngstown: 7:00 pm at Newport Library – 3730 Market Street

    Marion, WV
    · Fairmont: 5:00 pm at Fairmont State University – Jaynes Hall, Room 104

    Mercer, PA
    · Mercer: 1:00 pm at Mercer County Court House – 120 South Diamond Street

    Monroe, OH
    · Woodsfield: 3:00 pm at Monroe County District Library – 96 Home Avenue

    Ohio, WV
    · Wheeling: 6:00 pm at West Virginia Northern Community College – 1704 Market Street

    Preston, WV
    · Terra Alta: 5:00 pm at City Hall of Terra Alta – 701 East State Avenue

    Somerset, PA
    · Somerset: 9:00 am at Somerset Church of the Brethern – 606 Plank Road

    Tyler, WV
    · Sisterville: 5:00 pm at Sisterville Public Library – 518 Wells Street

    Washington, PA
    · Washington: 6:30 pm at Courthouse Square – 100 West Beau Street

    Westmoreland, PA
    · Latrobe: 6:30 pm at St. Vincent College Fred Rogers Center – 300 Fraser Purchase Road

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