Benson bringing development specialist to city in November

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As the City of Benson works to develop a strategic plan for how it will invest the $20 million coming its way over the next four years from Xcel Energy, it is focused on ensuring three groups that it is doing its due diligence in spending the money wisely.

It wants to show the Minnesota Legislature and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that it has a developed a detailed plan with specific goals, spending priorities and sought-after outcomes that will meet the need to replace the loss of Benson Power, LLC.

Benson’s council also wants to show the citizens of the community that it will spend the money wisely following a plan laid out with the input of civic and community leaders. It wants citizen input on the challenges that need to be met to make the community more successful as well.

A first step toward developing its priorities was taken last month during a several-hours long strategic planning session. Its second step will take place Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 when it brings community development specialist Doug Griffiths here.

Griffiths, who is the co-author of the book 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, calls himself a community therapist. He assesses a community’s strengths, weaknesses, misconceptions about itself, untapped potential and the built-in roadblocks it may face in moving forward.

“Strong communities are the foundation upon which prosperous families, businesses and nations are built,” is the stated vision of the 13 Ways community consulting group he helped found.

Griffiths is a former Canadian politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Battle River-Wainwright as a Progressive Conservative. He was a candidate for the leadership of the PC Party in the 2011 leadership election.

While serving his third term, Griffiths was the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. He chaired the Standing Committee on Energy and Sustainable Development, Rural Development Strategies Task Force, the Steering Committee for Rural Development, and was vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. On Oct. 12, 2011 Griffiths was appointed Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs....

More details on the schedule of events for when Griffiths is in Benson in November will be made available as they are set....

 

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