Monroe’s challenges to be taken on by the Young Gamechangers

Last week, the Young Gamechangers who were chosen to take on the challenge of Monroe and how to make the city better got to meet each other and community leaders before taking a tour of the city to see what it has to offer as a first step to figuring out what suggestions they could make to improve on it. Over the next eight months, these Young Gamechangers will “create comprehensive recommendations that include big ideas and innovative solutions to some of the area’s most persistent challenges.”

The 2019 Young Gamechangers at Monroe City Hall on Jan. 31, 2019. Contributed photo

“The Young Gamechangers program brings together some of Georgia’s most forward-thinking young professionals from the ages of 24 to 40 who have volunteered to help communities around the state,” says Kris Vaughn, Executive Director of GeorgiaForward. “The program is unique because it’s a leadership action program. Not only are there opportunities for networking and professional growth, but these young leaders roll up their sleeves and create real blueprints for change.”  

The next step in the program was four challenge questions that these young professionals, some from the local area and others from around the state, were given as a way to channel their focus for the project.

These Challenge Questions are:

  1. How can the city of Monroe become a “lifetime community” that encompasses every generation and makes them want to call Monroe home?
  2. In what ways can Monroe attract and retain the next generation of entrepreneurs who want to make it in Monroe?
  3. With healthy living as a goal, how can Monroe utilize its natural resources, trail system and green space to connect all walks of life?
  4. How can Monroe and Walton County leverage existing assets and create new opportunities to strengthen its workforce pipeline?

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