Metro Council to host listening sessions

The Metropolitan Council has scheduled 10 council member listening sessions throughout the metro-area during September to receive public input on the long-range vision for the Twin Cities region.

The meetings are part of the Thrive MSP 2040 effort, the metropolitan planning guide that the council is responsible under state law to create every 10 years.

One of the sessions will be in Coon Rapids Thursday, Sept. 6, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Coon Rapids Civic Center, 11155 Robinson Drive, Civic Room B.

Meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in the effort is encouraged to attend sessions and provide input.

The goal of this and other Thrive MSP 2040 outreach is to gather feedback about the region’s vision before the council writes the long-range plan.

“The council wants to hear from residents about the kind of community we should leave for our children and our grandchildren over the next 30 years, said Metropolitan Council Chairperson Susan Haigh.

“We’re anxious to hear what investments people want us to make today that will affect our region’s future.

“It’s important to hear that information before we put the plan together, and these listening sessions are a great opportunity to participate.”

People planning to attend should RSVP to the council’s public information officer at 651-602-1140 or public.info@metc.state.mn.us. In addition, people can provide input via the Council’s Your Ideas, idea-gathering website or share information via social media at Thrive MSP 2040 crowdsourcing platform: http://yourideas.metrocouncil.org/; Twitter at http://twitter.com/metcouncilnews Hashtag: #thrivemsp; or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MetropolitanCouncil.

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