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On Thursday, dozens of Johnson County residents attended a program at Greenwood Community High School titled “Talent Retention and Attraction: Cradle to Career.”

Speakers talked about postsecondary education for the future workforce, 21st century skills every student needs and alternative pathways for career success.

“This conversation is very important if you are a guidance counselor, a parent of a middle or high school student or an influence for these students,” said Dana Monson, director of business development for the Johnson County Development Corp. “You can learn how to guide your student to find the right option for his or her future career success.”

Speakers included Dave Dresslar, executive director of The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis, and Molly G. Martin, director of organizational learning and alignment at the Lumina Foundation.

Last month, more than 150 people attended a meeting in the Center Grove area to learn more about the Interstate 69 project and discuss the potential impact. The meeting brought in a panel of experts to discuss specific aspects of the project and how it will shape the county going forward.

As Chris Hamm, senior planner with HWC Engineering and moderator for the event, put it, “One fundamental is that change is inevitable, but progress is optional.”

Both sessions were described as community conversations.

Beyond educating people, the sessions were a chance for the public to weigh in and to ask questions. The events truly became a conversation.

In addition, the experts’ remarks are posted online, so people who can’t attend can read what they said.

The Aspire Johnson County series offers a unique opportunity for people to become informed about what is changing in the county and what needs to be changed. But it is vital that members of the public become a part of that conversation.

If you go

Upcoming Aspire Johnson County Community Conversations

“Quality of Life: Showcase of Life, Fun in Johnson County”

  • When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 4
  • Where: Johnson County National Guard Armory, 325 Minute Man Way, Franklin

“Johnson County: Our Stories”

  • When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 23
  • Where: Johnson County Museum of History, 135 N. Main St., Franklin


At issue

A variety of forces will shape Johnson County’s future.

Our point

The Aspire Johnson County Community Conversations offer people a chance to become informed about the forces at work in the county and to offer their own thoughts.