TEAM Shares Punta Gorda’s Community Visioning Process At the International City Managers Association Conference

Nancy Johnson, CEO

A WORD FROM OUR CEO

The spirit of Punta Gorda is strong! We know that we are better when we work together, and keep the conversation going. I was recently asked to make a presentation on our community visioning process at the International City Managers Association Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The event gathered together 3,000 City Managers, other government staff, and consultants to talk about best practices in city government. While there were many good presentations and lots of good ideas, I came away feeling that the Punta Gorda way is unique and to be admired.

There were other presentations on collaboration and building coalitions to address specific issues. Most of these approaches were problem focused. No one seemed to utilize citizens’ voices and talents proactively the way we do here in Punta Gorda. From the original 2005 Citizens Master Plan, through Journey to the Future, and now the 2019 Citywide Master Plan the outcome is always about getting things done.

Another group seeking to emulate what we’ve done here in Punta Gorda is Northport Forward. This is a small group of citizens from our northern neighbor who have asked TEAM to help them develop a community initiative similar to ours.

The ethic of volunteerism is very strong in this community and we have many talented residents who jump in where needed. Two great upcoming volunteer events will demonstrate just that. Paint Your Heart Out is ready to go. On November 9th over 100 volunteers will paint seven houses in one day, in this annual collaboration with Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity. We have great participation lined up from service clubs, our high school and local companies.

On that same day, Paddle Punta Gorda, a special kayaking event, will provide a great adventure for the 100-plus kayakers who have registered. It features seven naturalist-guided routes for paddlers of all levels. The event seeks to focus attention on harbor conservation and provide a treat for paddlers of all abilities.

If you like the idea of volunteering in the community, please get in touch with us. We’d love to know what you are interested in doing. There are many opportunities to explore at www.teampuntagorda.org. Also, save the date, January 23rd at 6:30 PM, for TEAM Punta Gorda’s Annual Community Meeting. This year we will be spotlighting the arts in Punta Gorda, both present and future.

Nancy Johnson, CEO

Nancy Johnson is the CEO of TEAM Punta Gorda. TEAM Punta Gorda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Ideas or questions can be addressed to team@teampuntagorda.org or visit our website, www.teampuntagorda.org.