Three Chatham County mayors traveled to Greesnboro on Tuesday to participate in a Smart Investing forum to discuss the needs of young children in North Carolina. The three mayors, Tim Cunnup of Goldston, Randolph Voller of Pittsboro, Charles J. Johnson of Siler City, who made the drive together, were part of the Chatham County delegation of 12 people coordinated by the Chatham County Partnership for Children.
The Greensboro forum is part of a public engagement initiative titled Smart Investing: Communities Thrive When Children Thrive to establish what North Carolina communities want for their youngest children and the future of the state. Funded by theZ. Smith Reynolds Foundation and with participation from Lt. Governor Walter DaltonSmart Investing brings together a diverse mix of citizens to begin a new dialogue about early education and children’s health in North Carolina. The Chatham delegation also included a nurse with the health department, staff from the health department’s protective services department, members of the Hispanic Liaison nonprofit and other community members.
“We had a great team attending this forum for Chatham, a very special and diverse group,” said Genevieve Megginson, Executive Director of the Chatham County Partnership for Children. “Having our mayors with us was demonstrative of the spirit of service we have in our public officials here in Chatham. Our community leaders are committed to the people, engaged and connected. We have a better community and a more hopeful future because they pay attention to what’s important, like our children!”
The Greensboro forum is one of eight taking place around the state. Smart Start’s 77 partnerships are leveraging their networks to assemble local parents, business leaders, health care providers, education professionals and policy makers representing every county in the state. The groups are participating in forums and summits to determine children’s needs in every region and the state as a whole. Three, larger summits will take place in early 2010 in Asheville, Durham, and Greenville.