Hobgood to commission: ‘Dream big’
by Joshua Sharpe
March 23, 2013 12:22 AM | 985 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Mayor Gene Hobgood performed a swearing-in ceremony for the 21 newly appointed members of the Commission on Canton’s Future at the Canton City Council meeting Thursday.

Hobgood and each of the six City Council members selected three Canton citizens to appoint to the board, which was formed to envision methods the city could use to improve in the future.

Hobgood called for the creation of the long-term vision for the city during his State of the City address in February.

He called for the commission to look at an unconstrained vision for the city and also a constrained vision taking finances and circumstances into account

“Dream big,” Hobgood told the commission Thursday night. “It’s about what you would like to see.”

Hobgood asked the commission to create a plan for where they’d like the city to progress in the next five years and by 2050.

These documents, he said, may be consulted by city government in the coming years.

Hobgood named Dennis Burnette, Nell Magruder and Bill Grant to the commission.

Councilman Glen Cummins appointed Jennifer Dunn, Cory Wilson and John Rust.

Bill Henry, Ned Castleberry and Kandace Walker-Bunda were appointed by Councilman Hooky Huffman.

Councilman Bob Rush named Jose Ayala, Rodney Stevenson Sr. and George Connor.

Clay Howie, Tim McCready and Jennifer White were named by Councilman John Beresford.

Councilman Bill Bryan appointed Odie Galt, Ben Key and Jori Mullins, and Councilman Jack Goodwin appointed Andy Alexander, Ken Roberts and Ken Weatherby.
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