Dialogue Dec. 13th 2003
The Governor is a strong proponent of Richard Florida's "The
Rise of the Creative Class" which has in large measure influenced
Governor Granholm to inaugurate the "Cool
She also issued an
executive directive directing state departments to locate new state
facilities and buildings in urban areas when at all possible.
These actions suggest a major governmental shift in policy towards cities.
The Governors Office
has been paying a lot of attention to Highland Park in the last few
months. There is strong evidence that this is a serious offensive to
reverse decades of decay and population drain that has plagued the city of
Highland Park for so long.
Putting her top tier administrators on the job, Governor Granholm has
asked them to gather problems and solutions from the citizens.
On December 13th, this feedback was gathered and compiled on a "Day
of Dialogue" held at Highland Park High School.
The Governor's office said they will compile and respond to this feedback
We wait with baited
In the meantime, here
are a few pictures I managed to take of the meeting.
The committee facilitators and personnel from the
Governors office arrived at the HP High School late morning, to be
greeted by the Water Coalition demonstrating outside the entrance.
Robin Boyle, Day of Dialogue Chief Facilitator, WSU
Pre-meeting briefing session Robin Boyle
Steve Egan, Water Dept.
Water is controversial in
Margaret Lewis of "The
Legacy" Gives introductory addresses at assembly.
Citizens vote for their proposal priorities at
the conclusion of the break-out session.