It’s always good to have a second or third pair of eyes on something, whether it’s a plan for home remodeling or an article in the pages of the newspaper.

The Young Gamechangers program kicked off in Monroe last week, and with it, a rare opportunity for local government officials to get another pair of eyes on all the work they’ve done and plan to do in the future.

Except instead of just one or two pairs of eyes, it’s 48.

The program brings together 48 young professionals from around the state, a third from the local area, a third from metro-Atlanta and a third from elsewhere.

They will be spending time in Monroe over the next eight months, puzzling over four questions a local steering committee posed to them. At the end of their time, they will present recommendations to the local government.

The four questions are:  How can the city of Monroe become a “lifetime community” that encompasses every generation and makes them want to call Monroe home?

In what ways can Monroe attract and retain the next generation of entrepreneurs who want to make it in Monroe?

With healthy living as a goal, how can Monroe utilize its natural resources, trail system and green space to connect all walks of life?

How can Monroe and Walton County leverage existing assets and create new opportunities to strengthen its workforce pipeline?

This program has been hugely successful in places like Dublin and Albany. Let’s hope it can have similar success here. 

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