The Gr8 Exchange on Transportation (#thegr8exchange) is a grassroots effort to bring people together to talk about one of the most pressing issues facing residents and those working in Gwinnett. Next week, beginning Monday, Aug. 24 through Friday, Aug. 28, citizens from all over Gwinnett will be holding conversations around the county about what role transportation plays in shaping Gwinnett's future and what they want that future to look like. Information will be gathered via text survey where participants can text "join" to 74029 to share their thoughts on Gwinnett's transportation future.
"This is a first of its kind effort and people are really getting excited to be a part of a fresh approach," said Chuck Warbington, executive director for the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, the group spearheading the initiative. "The entire goal of the Gr8 Exchange is to empower citizens of Gwinnett to share their views and provide them with the tools to give a voice to those who may not otherwise be heard in the discussion."
The goal is to have 50,000 conversations the week of Aug. 24-28 and 10,000 participants in the text survey.
"We know those numbers are lofty goals, but we are really working to make sure people all across Gwinnett have a say in its future," says Warbington. "This is Gwinnett's chance to say exactly what it wants."
Here are a four ways people who live and/or work in Gwinnett can help support this county-wide, week-long conversation:
- Spread the word by sharing with friends, colleagues and peers in Gwinnett. Click here to share on Facebook, Twitter and more.
- Host a conversation. The Gr8 Exchange is looking to have 500 hosted conversations on transportation the week of Aug. 24-28. These events can be as big or as small as participants are comfortable with. Check out the planned conversations here and post your own here.
- Commit to holding 5 one-on-one conversations during the week of the 24th. Ask a neighbor about their commute and ways it could be better... Ask a colleague what they would like to see in Gwinnett's future. Pledge here.
- Volunteer to help spread the word across Gwinnett. Volunteers are needed to help initiate conversations by passing out post-cards, flyers, texting cards and more. Sign-up here.
No matter what level of involvement in the Gr8 Exchange, those participating are encouraged to text join to 70429 and make sure that everyone who takes part in their conversations does as well.
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