Combining our collective voices into a louder and more effective performance of the Song of Seminole County
“Your community – Seminole County – is making some noise and on the verge of great things.” These are words I have heard from three separate out-of-town visitors over the past two weeks, referencing the city’s e-Donalsonvillie project and plans of the community’s BetterWay Initiative.
The word is spreading about our efforts to build a better way, and the three individuals who spoke those words were all in agreement that what we have done so far as a community and the potential we have within this community has positioned us for progress. The word is out that we are headed for an even better and brighter day.
These words were spoken to me in the Fall of 2018, well before Hurricane Michael’s day of destruction. Even though we have been in recovery mode since that day, those words still ring true and our dreams are still alive. Teamwork makes the dream work and it is now time to reassemble the team and get back to work on the dream.
Numerous groups and individuals in this community have similar dreams and goals to make our community the best it can be – and their efforts should be applauded. If we all want the same thing – an even better place to live, work and raise a family – why can’t we pool our interests and our talents and make them bolder? Just think how effective our louder voice would be if we were all on the same page and singing the same song.
We need to develop a consensus opinion of what we want. We need to make sure everyone is in agreement with what we would like to recruit into our community and establish a directed promotional and marketing campaign to identify projects and prospects and to become proactive in recruiting them and selling them on the benefits we have to offer.
We need to combine the positive efforts of each group in our community into a concentrated super effort to identify our goals and then, together, go forward and achieve them.
Combining the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce, the Donalsonville-Seminole County and Downtown Development Authorities, the BetterWay Initiative, city and county governments, and every single group, organization, and citizen – into an ongoing, progressive plan to work together and make a better way for Seminole County, HAS TO HAPPEN – even more so now because of what happened back on October 10, 2018.
How do we go about making this happen? Well, we certainly do not have to go to the expense of hiring an out-of-town expert to come in and tell us how to do it. We already have countless experts living right here among us that have the knowledge of doing it right in a grand way. We just need someone to step up and find a way to bring all of these creative, innovative and dedicated-to-the-betterment-of-Seminole County minds together – in ONE room.
Let’s set a date or dates for a planning retreat and gather all interested parties in one place for one purpose. We need to come together, define a consensus message, develop a plan of action and then work the plan and do it. If you have the desire to make our great community even better, then you are an interested party.
Yes, it will take some time and definitely some effort, but what better way to spend that time and effort than by developing, together, a brighter future for all of us who call Seminole County home.
What are we waiting for? Come on, Seminole County. Let’s work together, get on the same page, sing the same song and make some beautiful music together!
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