Amherst hosting Idea Day on Oct. 11

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‘I have an idea’

AMHERST – It only takes one idea to effect a change. It’s with that in mind that Amherst is hosting its first ever Idea Day on Oct. 11.

Coun. Dave March looks over the first submissions for Amherst's first ever Idea Day on Oct. 11.

AMHERST – It only takes one idea to effect a change.

It’s with that in mind that Amherst is hosting its first ever Idea Day on Oct. 11.

“I was at a municipal planning conference in Halifax when I heard about it the first time and I thought what a great idea. That’s something that would work in Amherst,” Coun. Dave March said. “Amherst is a great community to live in. I though it would be great to get some ideas from people on how we can make it better.”

March brought his proposal forward during last fall’s strategic planning session and it was accepted by council as one of its priorities for 2013.

March said the goal of the initiative is to encourage some new ways of doing things. Questions include what’s the best thing about Amherst, what would make it a better place in which to live, what business or store should come to Amherst, or be located in the downtown?

March said participants can submit their ideas in writing to town hall or at other drop off locations including the Four Fathers Library, while suggestions can also be sent to CKDH’s Facebook group.

Possible questions and information about Idea Day were included in the town’s most recent mailout to residents. March said the questions are just a suggestion and he’s expecting “a whole gamut” of questions from the community.

He’s also hoping to involve the community’s youth in Idea Day by urging schools in town to have their own Idea Day.

“We want to get the schools involved as well,” March said. “We’d like to hear what the young people have ideas. We may thing we have all the answers as town officials, but it would be nice to hear ideas from those who will be the adults of tomorrow.”

Following Idea Day, all the suggestions will be categorized and considered by the town for possible action in its next strategic planning session in December.

March said he’s confident Idea Day will be a success because it’s an opportunity for residents to make suggestions on what can be done to improve life in Amherst.

“I’m very optimistic we’ll have some great ideas,” he said. “You never know where some of the best ideas will come from. Great ideas all have to start somewhere.”

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Geographic location: Amherst, Halifax

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  • Glen Hudson
    September 18, 2013 - 09:14

    I think it is great the Town Leaders are looking for ideas from its citizens. I was concerned by the following statement but maybe the content was not flushed out enough. "Following Idea Day, all the suggestions will be categorized and considered by the town ......" I would hope that a cross-section of the town's citizens would have a hand in the evaluation and prioritization of the ideas.