How will the landscape of the greater Jackson area look in 10 years? Plans are in the making for change. And it's not just about jobs, it's about livability as well.
The long-range strategy includes quality-of-life enhancements to keep residents in Jackson and the surrounding counties, and also to attract people here. Possibilities include more bike trails, parks and entertainment. The Executive Summary was released to reporters Thursday afternoon. Adjustments could be made to the plan every 2-3 years.
"We want to take a hard look at what draws the young talent," said Duane O'Neill, president of the Greater Jackson Partnership, of the ten-year proposal. "The best and the brightest that we want to keep from here in our own community but also how we can bring folks in from across the country that want to live here in the greater Jackson area."
O'Neill said the planning process is to have the final long-range vision embraced by the entire regional community. O'Neill and the chairman, Paul Moak, agreed a stumbling block could be getting everyone on board with the master plan.
Market Street consultants out of Atlanta is heading up the metro plan. Other cities are being looked at including, Baton Rouge, Little Rock and Montgomery.
The partnership also wants to hear input from the public so that everyone can express ideas. To take the survey all you have to do is visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/gjasurvey.
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