One of the exciting things about Reimagining Our Westmoreland is the idea of reimagining. To think about something we know in a different way. In local government, how do we do that? Steadfastness and dependability are 2 of local government’s greatest strengths.
It can be challenging to think of governance in a new and imaginative way. One way to do so is to think about a definition of good governance that is made up of 2 parts: a technical part and an adaptive part.
That technical part is embodied by those techniques used to get the work of the local government done, ranging from administration to infrastructure to planning. There are numerous aspects of local government that are practical and important. And practical doesn’t mean easy!
The adaptive part is less familiar territory. But it is equally important because it is when we have a transformed view and solve problems. It is where local government’s work is relevant and valuable to residents in an ever-changing world. It is where we reimagine.
As we are “Reimagining our Westmoreland,” a host of technical and adaptive topics may come up. Two important things to remember are: (1) Reimagining is about how we look at things, how we adapt to our circumstances, not about a certain outcome. (2) As we look at both the technical and adaptive sides of local government, is what is important and meaningful for the communities involved?
The July 29, 2019 meeting will allow for some time for the group to form some statements to define the Alle-Kiski planning district as a "team." This will help with both the technical and the and the adaptive aspects of future agendas. All of the elected and appointed officials are vital contributors to the discussion. RSVP today!