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January 22, 2010

Posted by lmblainc in Uncategorized.

On January 11th, 2010, the City of Bedford kicked off the first step in the comprehensive planning process by hosting the first of two public visioning workshops.  Over 75 citizens worked together to identify Bedford’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.   The following is an excerpt of what ideas were identified:

Strengths of the City-

  • Natural resources
  • Education
  • Low crime rate
  • Strong sense of community

Weaknesses of the City-

  • High percentage of poverty
  • Lack of diverse employment opportunities
  • Poor public image

Opportunities created by strengths to address the City’s weaknesses-

  • Develop a “business incubator” to support/mentor new businesses during the startup process to induce the creation of more local jobs.
  • Tap into the Rails to Trails Program or the Safe Routes to School Program to create more sidewalks and trails for the city

Threats that may prevent projects and ideas to be implemented-

  • Lack of funding
  • Lack of accountability
  • Resistance to change

With the phenomenal turnout of the first workshop, Mayor Girgis has high hopes to have another great turnout at the Second Public Visioning Workshop which will be held February 10th, at the Oakland City University Bedford Campus (located at 405 “I” Street) between 1:00 and 3:00pm.  The second workshop will be the final step in defining the Future Vision of Bedford.



1. James Lee Hutchinson - January 29, 2010

1. We need a street light at the intersection of John Williams Boulevard and X street. It is very difficult to find at night.
2.Rough rail crossing — and no rails on 5th street
3. Encourage citizens and businesses to remove appliances, junk cars etc. from yards and porches facing the sreet (This would not be popular but would improve the image of the city) Perhaps we need a Beautification Committee
4. Encourage play at Otis Park –equalize cart and green fees for nine holes. Why penalize people who only have the time or energy for nine holes?
5. Possibility of buying smaller blue trash cans for apartments and /or seniors who don’t need and cannot drag the large ones to the curb.
6. Congratulations on the work you are doing
Continue to sell ten round golf packages for infrequent golfers.

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