If you’d like to have a voice in charting the future course of Paris and Henry County, you’ll get a chance in late September.

“Positively + Paris & Henry County: Moving Forward Together” — a long-range planning session for the city and county — will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Krider Performing Arts Center, according to Kim Foster, Paris city manager.

The event will be a community forum hosted by the governments of Paris and Henry County, as well as entities like the Paris Board of Public Utilities, Henry County Medical Center and others.

Foster said the event grew out of a desire to look at future directions and projects for the Paris Commission.

“We want to know what the community wants us to do,” Foster said in a Friday morning interview.

The evening will start at 5 p.m. with a dinner of hamburgers, which will be grilled by officers of the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

Childcare will be provided for preschool and older children.

After dinner, everyone will gather at 6 p.m. inside KPAC to cover nine different focus areas. This will be followed by two separate breakout sessions, which will allow attendees to discuss ideas.

 The two groups then will reconvene in KPAC, and event facilitators will share the top two ideas from each session to the entire group.

The top ideas will be written on large sheets and placed in the KPAC lobby. Everyone attending will be able to vote for what they think the top priorities are by placing dots, given to them earlier, next to each idea.

Using that, city and county officials will be able to gauge how much of a priority the community thinks a given idea might be.

As a thank-you for attending, each participant will be given a Positively + Paris & Henry County T-shirt after the session.

An online survey may be used after the event to get more feedback from those who were unable to attend, Foster said.

“I’m excited to see what comes from it,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of attendance we have.”

Look for more details on Positively + Paris & Henry County in a future edition of The Post-Intelligencer.

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