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Making the MOST of Community Engagement

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

The Micron Community Engagement Committee (CEC) held another public meeting on October 18th at the Museum of Science & Technology, bringing together over 270 community members and stakeholders to discuss the exciting possibilities of this once-in-a-generation investment.

At the event’s visioning wall, participants wrote down their hopes for a thriving future for Central New York, describing what the region could become with equitable investment: an example and lighthouse for similar aspiring communities; a model for future generations; a community that is diverse; inclusive; prosperous; vibrant; innovative; resilient; healthier; and more connected to youth, local talent, and to each other.

Centering the Voice of Residents

Over the past two months, the CEC process has centered the voice of residents with a variety of community participation activities engaging diverse audiences throughout the region. In total, the CEC has reached more than 4,400 people across 22 events, the project website, and the community survey. The CEC has heard from more than 1,300 people through the project’s online and print survey. More than 1,000 people have been reached through canvassing. 298 people have been involved in 1-on-1 interviews, focus groups, and other presentations. 399 people attended the two public meetings in August and October, in total. Additionally, with more than 1,100 unique website visits, the project website has created transparency around project processes and updates.

What We’ve Heard and Learned from Community Members So Far

Here are some of the ideas that community members have shared with us across a variety of areas.

Education, Workforce, & Job Opportunities

  • Expanded outreach and incentives for participating in education and workforce opportunities; ambassador programs and connections through neighborhoods to ensure inclusive and welcoming programs

  • Increased K-12 wraparound services

  • Upskilling and reskilling programs

  • Digital and financial literacy education

  • Mentorship programs connecting students to tech and STEM professionals

  • Investments in trade schools, internships, and CTE programs

  • Enhance rural-urban connectivity, including transportation to education, workforce, and job opportunities

  • Inclusive hiring practices, second chance hiring, and wage enhancement programs

  • Career counseling and support

  • Language accessibility

MWVBE (Minority, Women, or Veteran Business Enterprise) & Small Business:

  • Support for small business certification

  • Access to funding, capital, low/no interest loans

  • Connections to Economic Development Organizations

  • Transparent and inclusive procurement and compliance processes

  • Flexible cash flow and insurance and bonding options

  • Support for aspiring minority entrepreneurs

Community Development, Housing, & Recreation:

  • Access to food and grocery stores

  • Cultural community centers, playgrounds, recreation centers, and youth programs

  • Services, structures, and support to families with children or adults with special needs

  • Access to affordable, safe housing - including rental property, property for purchase, senior housing, and transitional housing

  • Benefits and incentives for diverse housing types

  • Home ownership educational resources and first-time home ownership assistance

  • Housing stock rehabilitation, including lead, and homeowner preservation, anti-gentrification efforts

  • Increase park and recreation opportunities such as connections to Empire State Trail, Loop-the-Lake, and Onondaga Creek Walk

Healthcare & Childcare Capacity Building:

  • Attract support services to handle the existing population and potential growth, including medical, professional, child care, and elder care

  • Access to affordable healthcare, including in rural communities and telehealth

  • Increase in training and improved wages

  • Increase mental health services

  • 24/7 daycare and subsidies for child care

  • Home-based child care support

Sustainable and Equitable Infrastructure Development:

  • Protect environmental assets such as water and farmland

  • Mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change on communities

  • More public transportation options, with central locations

  • Multi-modal transportation, including walking and bicycling infrastructure

  • Internet access, especially for low-income communities

  • Updates to roads and ongoing maintenance

  • EV charging infrastructure

  • Rural connectivity

Keep the Momentum Going

You can continue to stay updated on our progress via our website. You can also share more input - and encourage others to share as well - via this four-minute survey.

What’s Next

We are working to complete the Community Priorities Document by the end of 2023. With your input, the CPD will be a resource composed of transformational strategies to guide Micron and all who dedicate their time and resources to building a thriving community.

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