The Clay County Business Development Authority, a grassroots group committed to community and economic development, has taken the lead in convening three well-attended What’s Next meetings in the town of Clay. Outreach for the meetings was spectacular, attracting 72 people to the first meeting. Residents decided to form groups to work on four target issues: youth/education, infrastructure, business/economy, drugs/crime, and junk/trash. Each group is actively pursuing a number of low-cost, high-impact projects to address their issue area. In January, the group will advertise county-wide to fill a charter bus to take to the state legislature for Clay County Day to lobby for a list of Clay County’s needs.

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