EVART – City of Evart residents will have an opportunity to share their vision of the city’s future with officials from the Michigan Rural Council.

The MRC is hosting a town hall meeting open to the public from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the City Hall Community Room, as part of its efforts to perform a community assessment.

The public is invited to attend, participate and share ideas for the city’s future growth.

Those attending will be asked to consider and share:

  • What are the major problems and challenges in your community?
  • What are the major strengths and assets in your community?
  • What projects would like to see accomplished in your community in the short term?
  • What projects would you like to see accomplished in your community in the long term?

According to a release from City Manager Zack Szakacs, the goals of the community assessment are to help small, rural community to choose their own destinies and determine how to get there; aid in the assessment or reassessment of community assets in a changed economic landscape; and provide suggestions, tools and references for economic development success.

From the community assessment listening sessions, including private and town hall meetings, the MRC assessment facilitators will produce a report providing recommendations to Evart stakeholders and leaders.

The assessment is part of the city’s selection for Gov. Rick Snyder’s Project Rising Tide program to help local leaders develop new strategies for economic prosperity and create more and better jobs.

For more information, contact Szakacs at (231) 734-2181.