FLORENCE — Today marks the first of a series of recommendation sessions for six groups that have been exploring areas that were discussed during a Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) report on the Shoals.

The Developing Hi-Tech Infrastructure working group meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Connie D. McKinney Center, 205 S. Seminary St.

"We're just beginning six sessions that are about the aspirations of these groups in these six general areas," said Alvin Rosenbaum, who is on the steering committee that emerged from the PARCA report titled, "A Greater Shoals: A Pathway."

The other five groups include Broadening the Definition of Economic Development, Government Cooperation and Structure, Quality of Life, Unified Tourism, and Workforce Development and Education.

The Unified Tourism group meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The recommendation session for the Broadening the Definition of Economic Development is May 14 and the Workforce Development and Education groups meets May 15.

The Quality of Life group meets May 21 and the Government Cooperation and Structure group meets May 22.

All sessions start at 7:30 a.m. at the McKinney Center.

Each group has met twice with the first session focusing on problems and priorities and second session looking at "SWOT, which stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats."

These are the recommendations session. After these sessions, the six groups will meet collectively for a strategy meeting on June 18.

Bank Independent President Macke Mauldin, former University of North Alabama President Robert Potts, Shoals Chamber of Commerce President Caitlin Holland, and Rosenbaum, author of "The Muscle Shoals: First Frontier of These United States," formed the steering committee for the effort.

bernie.delinski@timesdaily.com or 256-740-5739. Twitter @TD_BDelinski


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