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Tualatin Tomorrow drums up buzz for coming Town Hall

TUALATIN - Organizers with the Tualatin Tomorrow visioning project are stepping up efforts to create buzz about the upcoming Town Hall on Oct. 25 at Hazelbrook Middle School.

Five Tualatin High School seniors have spent the last couple months canvassing neighborhoods, circulating fliers at the Crawfish Festival and Concerts on the Commons and approaching residents at sporting events to spread the word about Tualatin's visioning process that asks the question, 'Where do you see the city in 20 years?'

Project consultants have produced 12,000 copies of a tabloid-sized newsletter about the project and the Town Hall. The newsletter has been sent to every single-family residence in the city.

Lawn signs posted throughout the city have also been designed to draw attention to the $200,000 project that will help city officials understand how residents want to see the city progress.

Project manager Elizabeth Steep, senior planner with the city, said, 'We just hope people come to the Town Hall. It's extremely important for the future of the city.'

Project volunteers are eagerly trying to reach a challenge made by Mayor Lou Ogden who said he would like to see 300 residents attend the Town Hall. The Town Hall will be set up for residents to discuss the 150 vision statements collected since the project began.

As an enticement to residents, advertisements for the Town Hall have included references to discussions, entertainment, raffle prizes and food.

For more information about Tualatin Tomorrow, visit the project's Web site at www.tualatintomorrow.org, or contact Elizabeth Stepp at 503-691-3028.