Apopka to Host Additional Meetings for Visioning Program

The City of Apopka will host two special meetings on Oct. 24 to hear from Hispanic and African-American residents about the future of their community.

Each listening session is part of Visioning Apopka – a seven-month program seeking input from local residents and businesses to define what Apopka is today and what the city hopes to become in the next 10 years or more. Opinions will help to make recommendations for future city improvements, programs and economic development.

The city held five large community forums in September to gather feedback from different areas of Apopka. City representatives met with residents for three additional visits to local neighborhoods. Residents and business owners also were invited to submit surveys.

Now Apopka has scheduled two meetings on Oct. 24 to provide Hispanic and African-American residents with additional opportunities to get involved. Discussions will be facilitated by consultants with Keith and Schnars, P.A. – an engineering and planning group that works on projects throughout Florida including highway improvements, environmental studies and master planning

The first meeting – for the Hispanic community – will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Florida Farmworkers Association office, 1264 Apopka Blvd. Translators will be available to assist with discussions. The second meeting for the African-American community will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 1012 S. Park Ave.

For more information about Visioning Apopka, visit www.visioningapopka.net.

Visioning – simply defined – is the creation of a plan for the future. The process is increasingly popular among all types of government to develop consensus for what the public wants – and just as important – determine what is needed to achieve those goals. Establishing a clear vision is essential to ensure that Apopka continues to grow as a premier destination to live, work and play.

Community vision is important to help better define Apopka among all areas of Central Florida. The city can work to develop its image – a productive reputation that reflects positively on the community and attracts businesses and residents. Apopka can identify needed public improvements, lay out community projects and complement the city’s master development plan for future construction.

Information also can help Apopka to create a unique brand or image – important to represent the community and to highlight its best features. A positive image can help to nurture community pride and to support marketing efforts.

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