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City of Madison to hold public stakeholder meeting

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The City of Madison invites residents and stakeholders to a public meeting on Thursday, Mar. 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and concluding no later than 7 p.m.  The public meeting will be held downtown at the Main Street Playhouse, located at 172 SW Range Ave. in Madison.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide updates on the progress of the City's year two planning grant from the Dept. of Economic Opportunity's Competitive Florida Partnership.

The meeting will begin with an overview of the proposal submitted to the Dept. of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for funds to operate an after school/summer program for the 2017-2018 school year.  The DJJ proposal builds on the MPD's Explorer Program, which is a mentoring program.  Funds are being requested to support help with homework, academic enrichment through hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning kits, and the purchase of musical instruments.  The proposed program is designed to motivate youth through one-on-one mentoring and engagement with popular hands-on technology.

The second part of the meeting will focus on the outdoor recreation designs developed by UF Prof. Martha Kohen and her Design Class from Fall 2016.  The background of the project will be summarized, and the class final presentations and suggestions will be provided for discussion and feedback.  Design posters from the November 2016 UF Project Display will be available for inspection by the public.  Both lower-cost, short-term projects, as well as longer-term projects will be discussed.  In addition, a strategy for identifying potential matching support from private foundations in Florida will be presented.

Refreshments will be served, and all are invited to join and participate in this community meeting. For questions, please call Lanée Pike at City Hall at (850) 973-5081.

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