Community Update May 2016

Community Update May 2016

Fayette Forward Inspires a Generation to Act

By Jennifer Jordan, Arch Advisory Group

Have you heard the buzz? The buzz about Fayette County has spread like wildfire since the Fayette Forward event this March. Fayette Forward inspired a group of young citizens to step up, get involved in the Fayette community and engage in a deeper conversation about millennials. The term “millennial” is often connoted with rebelliousness and partying, but the young people of Fayette are changing the conversation.

Millennials are different from the generations before them, but in many positive ways that is helping shape our community for the better. Millennials are parents, professionals, church-goers, athletes and farmers. They also now represent more than half the U.S. work force – and they are here to stay. Millennials interact with their world in an experiential way, and are encouraging the community to come experience the excellence in Fayette County with them.

In the week following Fayette Forward, a group of young citizens organized, via text in two days, a meeting of 50 peers to discuss their vision for Fayette County. Since that meeting, our young citizens are not only attending but engaging at public meetings and voicing creative ideas for Fayetteville’s downtown redevelopment.  The new group is hosting gatherings together, promoting local events and living the dream of all that Fayette County offers. They are engaging in every way, and they invite all of Fayette County to ENGAGE with them. Rather than focus on the differences between generations, our group wants involvement to be a collaborative effort. Fayette County already has an outstanding infrastructure to support the positive momentum and changes ahead. All citizens are welcome to connect through their individual towns, social events, and the areas of Fayette Visioning. If you would like to plug in further with the Fayette Community and learn more about upcoming events join the Facebook discussion page Moving Fayette Forward and be sure to follow Fayette Visioning on Facebook and Twitter.