Make your voice heard: Community Needs Forum series kicks off Aug. 16

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CULLMAN – The Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center's Talent Recruitment and Housing Taskforces have been hard at work pinpointing how to make Cullman County the best possible place to live, work and play.

Now, they're asking for your help.

Make your voice heard on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at Cullman City Hall for the first of a three-part Cullman Area Community Needs Forum series appropriately titled “Your Community, Your Future.” Each forum will focus on one aspect of the area's “live, work, play” approach.

First up for August is “work.”

After analyzing nearly 400 survey responses, the Chamber's Talent Recruitment Taskforce has honed in on the biggest factors affecting the Cullman area's workforce needs. Among the information they'll be looking to gather at this month's opening forum:

  • Why citizens commute to jobs outside Cullman County
  • Why people work in the Cullman area but live elsewhere
  • What could be added to make Cullman County a more desirable place to live

All Cullman area citizens and members of the local workforce are encouraged to attend August's forum. Once participants answer the taskforce's short list of initial questions, they'll be broken into focus groups to obtain further details. From there, the Talent Taskforce will use all data and information collected to that point to partner with the Housing Taskforce and create action plans for filling Cullman County’s gaps in each area. Recommendations will then ultimately be made to the appropriate parties to see the action plans enacted.

In addition to positively impacting the community you live or are employed in, there's plenty of incentive to participate in this month's forum. All attendees will automatically be entered in drawings for a slew of impressive door prizes — valued at more than $1,000 — from around the area. Prizes include, but certainly aren’t limited to, a free pontoon rental from Trident Marina, a round of golf and

lunch buffet for two from TP Country Club and a one-night getaway for two from Smith Lake Bed & Breakfast. Winners will be notified after the event.

Dates, times and locations will be announced for the second and third forums in the “Your Community, Your Future” series as they become available. For more information, contact the Chamber at 256-734- 0454 or