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Be a part of Berlin's future

March 27, 2019
BERLIN — What does it take to rebuild a small city? An article on the E.P.A. Web site looked at seven locales that succeeded in rising from the economic ashes of a changing economy and found a few common denominators. Included on that list are: identifying and build on already existing assets, taking advantage of outside funding and grants and create incentives for redevelopment and encourage investment in the community. Many of these goals are already in the cross hairs of BIPDA, and city leaders in general.

On Thursday, April 4, the city of Berlin will be hosting a workshop to discuss Berlin's economic development strategy. For interested residents, it will be a chance to learn about the work being done to achieve the goals on the above list. But there is more, and this is where you come in: the other items on the list for a successful rebuilding of a city are engaged citizens and cooperation within the community. It can be a challenge to solicit community participation in the internet age. Many organizations find their membership dwindling, and often the same people carry the load for every project. But as the city seeks to refresh its Master Plan and move into the future with vision, every citizen, complainer and believer alike, is encouraged to participate – as indicated on Berlin's Facebook page.

Interested citizens will join fellow community members, friends and neighbors at the kickoff event for the Berlin Industrial Development & Park Authority Board's economic development strategy work. There, residents will be able to hear about the project, have an opportunity to share a vision for the future and stay informed about upcoming events. The evening will include a short presentation by the City's consultant Camoin Associates, followed by a facilitated discussion around what residents and businesses love about Berlin, opportunities for improvement, and what a vibrant and healthy city looks like. Refreshments will be provided. Any questions, please contact Pamela Laflamme at 752-8587 or plaflamme@berlinnh.gov.

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Varney Smith
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