Can Do! will feature economic development in the region for its October monthly program. A memorable panel of local and community speakers will discuss regional economic vitality at the Charlotte Community Library at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Panel speakers include Pat Gillespie, Chief Visionary, Founder and President of Gillespie Group; Nate Scramlin, Senior Community Assistance Specialist at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; as well as key leaders of #CharlotteRising, a new economic development nonprofit organization.
“The October program will be of great importance, given the tremendous momentum here,” said Barbara Fulton, Ph.D., Can Do! President. “Charlotte is moving forward with a collaborative force unique to our community and local leaders have made great strides in connecting regionally.”
While there are many projects and initiatives underway, the strategic conversations of Can Do! panels are “one level up” from any one project or program.
Each month, Can Do! programs focus on one of the “Seven Elements of Healthy Communities” from the standpoint of community vitality and prosperity. Each time, the four pillars of Can Do! come into play, which are Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Charitable Assets and Youth. As each “element” is discussed, community leaders and interested individuals become more aware of the vision, strategies, resources, and trends in our region.
Those who attend the meeting have the option to bring their smart phones, if they have them, to participate in an anonymous survey about our community.  This month, our survey questions will relate to economic growth.
The Charlotte Community Library is located at 226 S. Bostwick Street in Charlotte.
Can Do! (Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity) is a community networking group designed to engage community members to support economic development and quality of life initiatives. Free meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month are open to everyone, and feature speakers and topics relative to the promotion and development of the Charlotte community.
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