Institute’s ‘Focus on Franklin’ meeting set for July 30

The Public Policy Institute of Western Carolina University and the municipality of Franklin will facilitate a “Focus on Franklin” town hall style meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Franklin Town Hall.

Facilitated by PPI staff, the meeting will provide members of the public and business owners an opportunity to talk about the town and to offer suggestions. Surveys will be available for those who do not want to speak in public.

Among the questions the PPI will address are: “What do you see as the best part of living or working in Franklin? What do you see as the biggest draws for visitors? What do you see as the worst part of living or working in Franklin? Do you believe the town government is sensitive to your needs, and why or why not?”

“We are wanting folks to come in and give us an assessment of where we are going as a town, how we are going to get there and what are we going to leave for future generations,” said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

The Public Policy Institute was founded in 1999 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent research and outreach organization. The mission of the PPI is to generate effective public policy responses and alternatives to important political, administrative and social problems that profoundly affect the quality of life in Western North Carolina.

For more information about the “Focus on Franklin” event or other PPI initiatives, call the institute at 828-227-3898 or visit the website ppi.wcu.edu.