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December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Making La Plata County A Thriving Community
(2008-05-16)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: About 200 people celebrated at the Smiley Building auditorium last night.
They marked the end of a year long planning process to develop a La Plata County Children, Youth and Family Master Plan.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports:

VICTOR: The celebration marked the end of a year long planning process involved input from about 2-thousand people, young and old.
200 served on 7 committee's meeting over a 6 month period.
They represented Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, La Plata County and the Southern Ute Indian tribe, who all helped pay for the plan.
The goal was to determine if we're doing everything we can as communities, to ensure that all of La Plata County's children, youth and families thrive.
The celebration also marked the commencement of efforts to turn La Plata County into a thriving community.
And the blueprint according to consultant Rich Goll who shepherded the process, is a 120 page five year plan containing six recommendations.
MOLL: ONE IS ALLOWING PEOPLE TO MAKE A LIVABLE WAGE, ONE OF THEM IS TO GET A YOUTH ENGAGEMENT SYSTEM THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOLS AND THE GOVERNMENT SO THAT YOUNG PEOPLE CAN PARTICIPATE AT MULTIPLE LEVELS. ONE OF THEM IS TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE MODERATE INCOME PEOPLE BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO GET THEIR KIDS INTO CHILD CARE SO THEY CAN WORK AND EARN ENOUGH MONEY TO BE AT HOME WITH THEIR KIDS SO THEY CAN HELP THEM THRIVE. ONE IS TO GET NEIGHBORHOODS TO GO BACK TO BEING NEIGHBORHOODS AGAIN INSTEAD OF ISOLATED ENCLAVES WITH NOBODY TALKING TO ANYBODY. SO THEY MAY SOUND LIKE NOT FIXING ANYTHING, BUT ITS THE REAL SUBSTANTIVE STRATEGIC CHANGES THAT CHANGE THE COMMUNITY FOREVER INSTEAD OF TRYING TO FIX ONE KID AT A TIME.
Moll says the idea is to take a proactive rather than reactive approach to addressing issues that prevent children, youth and families from thriving.
And, he says, implementing the plan will be up the entire community, not some agency.
MOLL: YOU'VE GOT 147 NON PROFITS IN THIS COMMUNITY DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS. YOU DON'T NEED MORE ORGANIZATIONS DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS. CITIZENS, AND ELECTED OFFICIALS, SCHOOL BOARDS AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE HAVE TO COME TO THE TABLE AND INSTEAD OF SAYING "I HAVE THE ANSWER" SAY LET'S COME TOGETHER AND DIALOGUE AND REALLY LOOK AT SOMETHING BEYOND WHAT WE THINK THE ANSWER IS.
Thriving communities are often considered safer, healthier, happier and more economically successful, places where youth want to stay and grow rather than flee when they reach adulthood.
Copies of the La Plata County Children, Youth and Family Master plan are available at the Bayfield, Ignacio and Durango libraries.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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