Amherst looks for your ideas

Darrell Cole
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First ever Idea Day is Friday

Amherst's planning director Jason MacDonald and town councillor Dave March look over some of the suggestions already received for Friday's Idea Day.

AMHERST – Friday is the day to bring all those great ideas forward.

Amherst is hosting its first Idea Day and is welcoming people of all ages to bring forward their suggestions on how to make the community a better place to live and work.

“The response has been pretty good in that people are talking about it,” Coun. Dave March said Thursday. “We’re optimistic that we’ll see a lot of ideas flowing to our idea boxes, but it doesn’t matter if there are several dozen or 500, it only takes a couple of ideas to make this community a better place.”

March came up with the concept of Idea Day at a conference in Halifax last year and after municipal election last October pitched it to the rest of town council.

March has visited all Amherst area schools, including Cumberland North Academy in Brookdale, to talk to staff there about having their own Idea Day today. He said schools are responsible for lots of innovation and he’s hoping teachers from Grades Primary to 12 will work with their students to bring forward some ideas.

He has also talked to a number of Amherst restaurants to include the Idea Day brochure in menus in hopes that patrons will put their ideas on paper while waiting for their meal.

Idea boxes will be located at the Four Fathers Memorial Library, town hall and Victoria Square throughout the day, which also coincides with the Downtown Amherst Street Party.

March will be manning an idea box in the square and will also be posting some of the more interesting or unique suggestions on the CKDH Facebook page. He will also be interviewed by Mayor Robert Small during today’s morning show on 101.7.

“I really don’t know what to expect because it’s never been done here before. I just hope that people get it, what we’re trying to do,” he said. “It’s their day to come up with some great ideas to help move this community forward.  It could be a business idea or it could be something the town can act upon. We’re looking for positive ideas.”

March said he also expects to hear some good ideas during today’s Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce business luncheon at Christ Church Parish Hall.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Cumberland North Academy, Downtown Amherst Street Party, Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce Christ Church Parish Hall

Geographic location: Halifax, Brookdale

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