The Imagine Lubbock Together steering committee held their meeting Tuesday evening from 4-5 p.m. at the Jones Sculpture Court Garden to discuss how they plan to better our community.
Chamber of Commerce President, Eddie McBride, wants the community to have a voice in deciding the direction of Lubbock's future.
"It's very important to give them the opportunity of what they'd like to see Lubbock become," McBride said.
The city council, county commissioners and other city officials were at the meeting to learn more about the steering committee's planning process and how they'll make our town a better place.
The committee is encouraging folks to share their thoughts on how the city needs to improve.
"We think this is very important to be a truly bottom up approach where the citizens get the chance to detail and dictate what our future will be," McBride said.
The next step to making these ideas a reality will be this Saturday, at the Lubbock Civic Center, where Imagine Lubbock Together will bring experts and community members together to see how they're ideas look on paper.
"We'll actually be able to take some of these ideas that have come from the website, from the community meetings, and we'll put them into a graphic vision for people to see what the various ideas would look like if they were actually implemented," said David Langston, an Imagine Lubbock Together steering committee member.
David Seim and Connie Wharton lead the Imagine Lubbock committee which is made up of 18 business volunteers. They have spent hundreds of hours getting the program organized.
Mr. McBride said he's seen a huge response from the community.
"We have heard from literally thousands of citizens have given us inputs," McBride said. "We've had a website that's been open since July, we've had focus groups we've had public gatherings, we've had listening sessions, and then the vision summit on October 18th where we had almost 1000 people where they came and gave their input. We have these little voting device that where they are actually able to prioritize what they thought were the most important things for us to consider."
Those priories vary, but McBride said some of the most popular complaints are about our water, education system, and economic development.
The committee is now in the process of getting that information analyzed to see how it will fit into their plan.
"There's a whole lot of issues that have to be boiled down and then turned into a strategic plan that has actionable items," McBride said.
To share your ideas on how to make our community a better place visit www.imaginelubbocktogether.com