City of Hermiston releases "Hermiston Futures Task Force Report"

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Since the City of Hermiston and the region are constantly growing and changing, since Hermiston is one of the large economic hubs in the region, since Hermiston is now the largest city in Eastern Oregon, and since Hermiston is a leader in our area, it is immensely appropriate to begin to look to and plan for the future. If we are to be successful as a city, proactive planning and thinking ahead is imperative. Therefore, in the late summer of 2011 the City Manager, Ed Brookshier, initiated conversations with area leaders about what they believed were essential components and projects to be undertaken to further develop the city's viability and success. These conversations evolved into what soon became known as the "Hermiston Futures Task Force".

This task force has met several times a month each month since earty Fall and has had many discussions about what courses of action to take for the best interests of the city, area, and region. During these conversations, it became apparent that obtaining detailed and significant information from the citizens and various groups within our region was beneficial. To that end, the group has had individual conversations, met with civic and humanitarian groups, had focus group meetings, conducted a large community forum for all interested parties, met with all of our elected officials representing our region, met with all media professionals, and conducted a community survey.

All of this information has led to the formulation of what the Task Force believes is the identity of what needs to be done in the future to ensure a livable, vital and safe community where people are included, educated and employed. Simply put, it defines "the road map for Hermiston's future".

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