Portsmouth residents generate ideas for action at the Shaping the Future Summit

By October 9, 2017Uncategorized

Build One Portsmouth would like to send a big thanks to everyone who participated in the Shaping the Future Summit on Saturday, September 30! Check out some photos from the workshop above.

Over 30 people attended the Summit to participate in the workshop or open house. At the workshop, participants rated draft goal statements that support the vision statement for the Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan. Then, participants worked in small groups to discuss their ideas for specific actions that the City should take to achieve those goals. All together the group generated 65 ideas for concrete programs, policies or projects that could be undertaken. Finally, the groups identified their top four favorite ideas and talked through more details about how to put their ideas into action.

Did you miss the Summit, or do you know someone who would like to give their input? We still want to hear from you – just visit the input page to participate in our online activities, which mirror the activities completed during the event. Follow the link below to be sure your voice is heard – and don’t forget to tell your friends and family.

You can also watch the full video from the event, which features the vision and goals presentation along with clips from the rest of the day’s activities.

Give Your Input


  • V WAYNE DAVIS says:

    I very much enjoyed this session. Some very interesting ideas were presented by participants.
    I do not think that there is sufficient focus by the City on economic development.
    Until we can strengthen our tax base we cannot achieve the future that we want.
    In my view people do not choose to move to Portsmouth for the following principal reasons:
    o The real estate taxes are high
    o The schools are not strong
    Robust economic development can help address both of these issues.

    • Andrew says:

      Amen, and amen. The infrastructure improvements are nice to look at, but won’t do jack until these issues are addressed.

  • David Allman says:

    I would think that if you started a plan over the say 5-10 years of upgrades on neighborhoods
    as in curbs and sidewalks or just fill drain ditches and put curbs in.
    This would greatly improve the appearance of a neighborhood.
    My neighborhood Olive Branch area Cypress rd were told 50 years ago that they would get them
    according to the old folks that live in the area and it has never happened.

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