The Stillwater Smart Community Source Leadership Council met on April 26 to discuss where Stillwater stands on various community issues. The purpose of the meeting was to develop a situation analysis and assess what current initiatives are taking place in the community and how these initiatives can both support and integrate with Smart Community Source. The meeting included an engaging discussion among more than 40 community leaders.
Prior to the April 26 meeting, Smart Community Source held cluster meetings to engage leaders from nine key sectors of the economy including: agriculture, business, education, emergency management, faith-based, government, healthcare, non-profit and youth. Cluster leaders led a panel discussion of the key challenges their industries face and key takeaways from their meetings. Common across sectors were challenges such as lobbying efforts, technology costs, redundant systems, poverty, mental health, and the need to work together.
“As this continues to create synergy and grows we all need to be mindful that this is a community project, this is a community program,” said Kenny Josey, Senior Vice President at BancFirst and SCS Leadership Council member. “We as community leaders need to take full ownership and make sure that this happens.” John Dickey, pastor at Hillcrest Baptist Church and SCS Leadership Council member echoed Josey’s sentiment, stating “if we come together in unity we can accomplish anything.”
Smart Community Source is a community initiative that will serve as a catalyst for communities to plan and develop resources that help them move toward becoming smart communities. The initiative will focus on four pillars which include: developing community leaders, community alliances and smart ecosystem, smart urban development and infrastructure, and quality of life.
The purpose of the Stillwater SCS Leadership Council is to start building an ecosystem of alliances that can provide resources that enable communities to think bigger than the current capacity of the community. The entire Leadership Council will meet several times throughout the year. In June, the council will meet to discuss smart goals and strategies.
More information on the Smart Community Source initiative can be found at http://www.SmartCommunitySource.com. You can also follow SCS on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SmartCommunitySource and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/community_smart.