Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Glover chats with young proz

Following up on a previous post from Donecia, three of us Link folks attended Mayor Cedric Glover's chat with about 30 young professional-types tonight at the Stoner Avenue Marina.

There wasn't a whole lot said that most of us probably haven't heard. But it was refreshing to be among other people in their 20s and 30s who care about the direction of the city with a mayor who was taking the time to listen to their questions. And no, it wasn't just other journalists and government staffers.

Talk-back topics ranged from downtown development to Shreveport Regional Airport and Cyber Command.

Glover on anyone who doesn't think Shreveport still can improve (referring to his "next great city of the South" slogan): "That's like me telling you I'm not fat."

The fat jokes may get a little old. But although that statement itself wasn't addressing anything specific, it was honest.

One announcement I hadn’t heard but that will be worth checking out: The mayor will give a state of the city talk Nov. 7 at Riverview Theatre. It starts at 4:30 p.m.

Aside from the good company, the food wasn't half bad. The marina apparently is catering now. I've never eaten anything there besides a burger, so I was pleasantly surprised with party food: meat pies, crab cakes, chocolate-covered strawberries and some kind of cinnamon twist dessert I really liked.

Some pics should be posted soon, but blogger's giving me problems tonight.


IF+D said...

Nothing revs me up more than meetings with young professionals talking about the city they care about and live in. I miss those. I haven't found any in Austin yet, the hazards of living in a big city! I miss Louisiana!

How are you anyway! It's been forever!


Elizabeth said...

I thought that was a great event! I'm sold on the YPI concept now. Nothing can compare to the quality of conversations we were able to have regarding what we do and then what they mayor is doing. I'm ready for another one. If I had known how well that was going to go, I would have invited 10 more people our age to join in. Snaps to Jeff Everson for making it happen.

Adam Kealoha Causey said...

Hey, Adrienne! It has been forever! I'm doing fine. Trust me, you won't have a hard time finding other young professionals in ATX. That seems to be one of the places a ton of people I know want to go. So they must be doing something right.

And thanks for the post, Elizabeth. Get those same 10 people to read this blog! And I'll be another meeting like last night's is on the way.

Anonymous said...

I really wish i would have known about this, i just found link222 today.
What are the chances of another one of these meetings with Glover?

Adam Kealoha Causey said...

Hey, anonymous. Glad you found us. The mayor said he would like to have another meeting, so it's probably just a matter of setting up a time and place. Contact Jeff Everson at eversonjeff@hotmail.com. He's a pal of Glover's and set up the event the other day.

Elizabeth said...

Hey Adam, can you send some of those pics my way? EHenson@foodbanknla.org