We met recently with Joey Hopkins, the lead engineer for NC Department of Transportation’s Raleigh region, to develop a new process that will strengthen community input into the the design phase for the project: I-440 interchange improvements at Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. Partners for Impact worked with the NCDOT team to design a listening process that will ensure all voices are heard and citizens, neighbors, and business owners are able to provide input about what matters most to them at the onset. Three engineering firms will be participating in the process and will have access to all information gathered from the listening sessions. This new approach of gathering input that feeds the design process will maximize creative solutions. We are excited to partner with NCDOT and look forward to facilitating the listening sessions in September. A press conference was held on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Coverage here: NCDOT, Triangle Business Journal, WRAL, News & Observer, ABC 11
I also encourage folks to consider getting involved or making a contribution in your own local community in response to the disaster that may have happened elsewhere. This matters because, 1) often folks from the affected areas are relocating to your community and 2) getting involved or contributing in your home community is a way to build relationships and create community resiliency. 3) getting in the habit of giving to local agencies, you will learn about the work they do and you will be better able to assess how effective they are at their mission and whether their values align with yours.
So when you give for relief from Hurricane Florence, consider local giving, consider giving where your passion is, and consider getting involved where you can have a lasting relationship and make a lasting difference.
By Beth Bordeaux, Principal & Founder of Partners for Impact