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What’s the key for Parker County to plan for education, growth? Work as a team

Aledo ISD and Parker County officials gathered recently at the first of four meetings for the Local Government Collaborative, a program designed to enhance community initiatives.
Aledo ISD and Parker County officials gathered recently at the first of four meetings for the Local Government Collaborative, a program designed to enhance community initiatives. Aledo Independent School District

Sometimes it just takes a little collaboration for everyone to move forward.

With that in mind, Aledo Independent School District leaders created a more formal way to communicate and collaborate with officials who represent municipalities, counties, and businesses the district serves, with the hope that the Local Government Collaborative (LGC) will spread to others throughout Parker County.

“What one entity does often impacts the functioning of another, and there are often opportunities to partner so that we are more effective and efficient in how we serve our community,” Aledo Superintendent Dr. Susan Bohn said.

The LGC gives communities a chance to highlight important initiatives and plan for growth that impacts cities and the county as a whole. Officials and leaders from Aledo, Annetta, Hudson Oaks, Willow Park, Cresson, Parker County, the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce and the Aledo Education Foundation attended the initial meeting recently.

The idea stemmed from the dramatic growth that Aledo has seen in recent years, but Parker County also has grown rapidly.

“The growth that we are seeing in Aledo is happening all over Parker County. With the committed involvement of Parker County in the LGC, with (Parker County) Judge Pat Deen at the table, the needs and services of our county are a significant consideration in our work,” Bohn said. “The shared planning for growth that we are engaged in as the LGC certainly will have an impact on how Parker County grows.”

East Parker County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Lisa Flowers said, “The Local Government Collaborative is a great way to gather local elected officials in one room and at one time to focus on current and future community growth. It’s something the East Parker County Chamber has in our strategic plan.”

Bohn came to Aledo this summer from Lockhart, where she was superintendent since 2015.

Future topics of LGC meetings include legislative priorities with the upcoming Texas Legislative session, roadway infrastructure and planning, and water and wastewater availability.

Aledo ISD hosts a LGC webpage, which provides anyone an opportunity to submit a comment or question for the LGC. Citizens are encouraged to submit concerns and ideas via the webpage or to their representative.

The LGC will meet quarterly, with each meeting from 2-4 p.m. at the Aledo ISD Administration Building. Future meeting dates are Jan. 23, April 24, and July 24.

“Building connections among local officials and consistent sharing of information is especially important in our community because of the current and expected significant growth and the impact it will have on our residents,” Bohn said.

“The members of the LGC believe we best serve our growing community when we come together to plan for that growth.”

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