GREAT STO­RIES WANTED ABOUT RUS­SELL TOWNSHIP

Le Reflet (The News) - - ACTUALITÉS - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

What makes Rus­sell Township a great place to live? That’s the ques­tion staff at the mu­ni­ci­pal of­fice would like re­si­dents to help ans­wer du­ring a March 8 in­vi­ta­tio­nal open house on the com­mu­ni­ty pro­file.

“We want to know what at­tracts people to live in the township,” said Do­mi­nique Trem­blay, township di­rec­tor for eco­no­mic de­ve­lop­ment, plan­ning and buil­dings. “”What at­tracts them to stay in the township and al­so in­vest in the township.”

The eco­no­mic de­ve­lop­ment de­part­ment hosts an open house event March 8, 7 to 9 p.m., at the mu­ni­ci­pal of­fice. The goal of the work­shop is to de­ve­lop a com­mu­ni­ty pro­file as part of the township’s stra­te­gy for pro­mo­ting it­self and at­trac­ting new in­vest­ment.

Trem­blay no­ted that the open house will be like a work­shop si­tua­tion for par­ti­ci­pants but one that is de­si­gned to be more in­for­mal and al­so en­cou­rage re­si­dents of all ages, from chil­dren to se­niors, to par­ti­ci­pate.

“It’s going to be a fun work­shop,” she said. “Kids can come in and draw pic­tures, so­me­thing that they think re­pre­sents the township. We want fa­mi­lies, we want in­ves­tors, we want eve­ry­bo­dy in­vol­ved.”

Re­sults of the com­mu­ni­ty pro­file pu­blic work­shop/open house will be­come part of 25- to 30-page do­cu­ment for an in-depth pro­file of Rus­sell Township, high­ligh­ting fea­tures of in­ter­est to po­ten­tial fu­ture re­si­dents and in­ves­tors. The do­cu­ment will be­come part of the re­source re­fe­rences on the township’s web­site, and be avai­lable at tra­de­shows or du­ring one-on-one mee­tings bet­ween township staff and po­ten­tial in­ves­tors.

“We’re su­per ex­ci­ted about this pro­ject,” said Trem­blay, “and we want people in­vol­ved be­cause it’s their vi­sion of what they want for the com­mu­ni­ty, to show­case what’s im­por­tant to them.”

—pho­to d’ar­chives

Qu’est-ce qui fait de la Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té de Rus­sell un en­droit où il fait bon vivre? C’est la ques­tion que le per­son­nel du bu­reau mu­ni­ci­pal ai­me­rait que les ré­si­dents aident à ré­pondre lors d’une réunion sur in­vi­ta­tion du 8 mars au bu­reau mu­ni­ci­pal.

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