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Rock to host Power of 32
community visioning event

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University faculty, staff and students will have an opportunity to help shape the future of the region by participating in the Power of 32, a community conversation, Sept. 23. The event will be from 6-8 p.m. in Room 37 of SRU's Pearl K. Stoner Instructional Complex.

"The Power of 32 is the largest regional visioning initiative of its kind, and it's happening in our own backyard," said Michael Bernarding, chair of the Power of 32 Steering Committee, which has representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors from throughout the region. "Power of 32 is not just about the power of 32 counties. It's about the power of 4.2 million people."

Trained facilitators will lead the discussion at the community conversation event. Participants, working in groups, will consider four discussion questions:

* What does a thriving region look like?

* What key challenges must be address for our region to thrive, and what key strengths can we build on?

* What one or two possibilities must be pursued to ensure the region thrives? Why?

* It is 2025. What makes us most proud of our region, and what was key to getting us here?

The format was designed by AmericaSpeaks, a national leader in civic engagement efforts.

Participants are asked to register at www.powerof32.org. You do not need an invitation, and participants will be welcome at the door.