MyWHaT looks to add a more regional focus…with help
Even though MyWHaT is near the end of the second week of publishing since coming of a month-long break, I’m still in a bit of reflection mode. One question that has hung around is scope of content, in particular a question of the range MyWHaT should cover organizationally and regionally. The year-end survey offers some perspective from the readers vantage point.
It’s refreshing that 25% of readers see no need for major changes, and the 34% of respondents expressing that they’d like to see MyWHaT expand its organizational capacities, perhaps forming a new organization, is surprising. Northwest Lower Michigan already has a considerable amount of brain-trust working within the non-profit world. It is not clear that another non-profit operating on a shoe-string budget would add anything to the discussion. My suspicion is that it might actually limit the discussion. At this time, that isn’t something being considered, but I’m interested to learn more why some of you thought it was a good direction.
Do you see a need for another non-profit in NW Lower Michigan advocating for public space?
More Regional Focus?
Another 13% from the survey desired an expansion of content on MyWHaT “to include a broader, regional focus.” At this time, this seems more attainable, albeit more labor intensive for an editorial board of one.
Originally, MyWHaT was created with an intent to focus on Traverse City because 1) information is more readily available 2) the political culture is better understood and 3) a belief that what happens within the City has ripple effect in the greater region. More importantly, Traverse City is where this writer spends about 95% of his time; it’s what I know.
Still, it is understood that projects and issues do occur within a 5-county region that involve public space and impact us all. In actuality, a lot of positive things are happening outside of Traverse City. For instance, Suttons Bay is redesigning the MDOT highway that runs through its town to be more accommodating for people not in cars. Acme (GTRLC) and Elmwood Townships are using their shoreline development projects as incentives to likewise ameliorate the highways running through their communities. And, MyWHaT underwriter TART Trails is working its booty off raising the needed funds to complete the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (TART).
Expanding the regional is something I can do; with help.
Two Kinds of Assistance Needed
There are of course less than appealing projects going on outside of the City. The point today isn’t to dissect them. The point of today’s post is to ask for your help. In order to provide commentary, whether it be supportive or critical, of issues outside of Traverse City your assistance is required. Two things that would help, chief among them is information.
If you are engaged in your local government or simply aware of the needs as an individual or through an organization, send me a message with as much information as you can provide (you can also always find that link in the side-bar). Or, better yet, consider writing a guest contribution to MyWHaT. Past performance shows that readership spikes with guest contributors, so there are readers for you–although, not sure what that says about regular daily posts…hmmm?
Do you have some intel about projects outside of Traverse City?
A second way to help besides providing intel is a financial subscription to the blog. If you in any way enjoy and find useful the commentary and curating that occurs on MyWHaT and would like to see it expand, your financial contribution will help. Donations, which can now be given as a monthly subscription, provide both a needed and appreciated stipend for the time put into the blog, but also provide equally needed and appreciated positive feedback that what is published on MyWHaT is on the right track. As always, thank you for your support!
Contributions greatly appreciated; the beagles thank you.
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