Civic change focus of talk

By Todd Cohen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Strategies that communities can use to assess their civic health and get people involved in addressing local issues will be the focus of the annual community meeting luncheon sponsored by The Winston-Salem Foundation.

The featured speaker at the event, to be held May 6 at the M.C. Benton Convention Center, will be Suzanne Morse, executive director of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change in Charlottesville, Va., and author of Smart Communities, a book to be published this spring.

Morse also will meet with a group of community leaders for a discussion on “smart” decisions the community has made, on others it should have made.

“We know that as a community there are some deficiencies we want to address,” says Scott Wierman, the foundation’s president. “We’re interested in bringing in her perspective on how communities organize for change so everyone shares in the prosperity.”

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