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A rare opportunity

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Chelan County PUD has begun the process of developing what might be called a strategic plan. On its face that might not sound particularly interesting, but it is time to wake up. This will be the great roadmap, the PUD says, a guide to the future of Chelan County and the PUD’s role in it. Given the PUD’s role will be enormous no matter what path we take, that makes this and important exercise. And the PUD is going to extraordinary lengths to engage the public, its owners, in the process and use our input and opinions. So, this is not only important, but for all of us, an unusual opportunity to shape the future. It is a great exercise in public involvement and collective leadership. They say this moment in time may be comparable to a generation ago, when community leaders made a bold decision to form a public utility that eventually would acquire and build a dam on the Columbia. That’s only an exaggeration if we let it be.

Visit ourpublicpower.org. There you will find opportunities to gather information and send comments on multiple topics, including parks, fiber and telecom, water and wastewater, electrification and economic development. It is the beginning, with more to come. It is an extraordinary opportunity to share you vision. None of us should let it pass.

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