Lo­rain Proud to hold fi­nal char­rette of 2017

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Kevin Martin

Lo­rain Proud will hold its fi­nal char­rette of 2017 on Nov. 16 at the Carnegie Cen­ter, 351 W. 10th St. in Lo­rain.

The meet­ing will be 6:30 to 8 p.m., and light re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided.

Af­ter hold­ing a suc­cess­ful se­ries of or­ga­niz­ing ses­sions over the course of 2017, Lo­rain Proud is set­ting its sights on a pro­duc­tive 2018 and aims to de­velop an ac­tion plan for com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives to be un­der­taken, or­ga­niz­ers say.

In the Septem­ber char­rettes, par­tic­i­pants iden­ti­fied five key ar­eas of im­prove­ment: ac­tive trans­porta­tion, down­town re-de­vel­op­ment, his­tory/ arts/cul­ture, lake­front/wa­ter­front and schools/youth.

Lo­rain Historical So­ci­ety Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Barb Pis­copo said cap­tains for each fo­cus area were ap­pointed, and Lo­rain Proud is hop­ing the meet­ing will en­able the group to estab­lish two or three ini­tia­tives to work on through 2018. Lo­rain Proud will try to estab­lish part­ner­ships with lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions in­volved in each fo­cus area, Pis­copo said.

“I think the im­por­tant thing now is yes, we are proud of Lo­rain, yes we’ve iden­ti­fied ar­eas where we know Lo­rain needs to move for­ward if we re­ally are go­ing to be the jewel on the north coast,” she said. “Okay, so now what are we go­ing to do?

“This is to me where the rub­ber meets the road. This is what it’s go­ing to take. It doesn’t take peo­ple that are just will­ing to sit around the ta­ble and talk. It takes peo­ple who are re­ally will­ing to roll up their sleeves and do a few things.”

Over the course of the char­rettes process, 150 Lo­rain res­i­dents have taken part, ei­ther through par­tic­i­pa­tion in the or­ga­niz­ing ses­sions, or through com­plet­ing an on­line ques­tion­naire with ideas on how to im­prove the city, Pis­copo said.

“I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant be­fore we close out 2017 to say, OK, this is our com­mit­ment for next year and maybe set even a next meet­ing date early in 2018 so peo­ple can make some things hap­pen,” she said. “The thing now is we need peo­ple who are ready to make these ideas suc­cesses and are will­ing to stick with it un­til some­thing hap­pens.”

Fol­low­ing on the May 10 Lo­rain Proud cel­e­bra­tion at the Lo­rain Palace Theater in down­town Lo­rain, the or­ga­ni­za­tion plans to hold an­other cel­e­bra­tion in May 2018 at a venue to be de­ter­mined to cel­e­brate the suc­cess of this new step in the char­rette process, Pis­copo said.

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