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Finding a fresh perspective on your community

The Town Meeting

At the town meeting, community leaders, residents and the media hear the report from the visiting Swap Team. How this information is presented often determines whether there will be changes made as a result of the Community Swap. This is a chance to highlight the issues that need attention, to celebrate the community's assets, and to inspire volunteers to get involved in community and economic development activities. The Town Meeting is an extremely important part of the process and requires careful and thoughtful planning. The Town Meeting can be elaborate or simple. Some communities have hosted dinner and a social hour. Others have invited a small group of community leaders to a meeting. Large or small, this first exposure will lead to decisions about changes the community will work toward.

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