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Citizen summit gathers to find ways to improve Eau Claire

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- Citizens of Eau Claire came together Thursday night to brainstorm ways to improve the city.  It's an idea Clear Vision started last year and it led to some problems being solved.

Welcome to the second year of Eau Claire's Empowerment Summit; a place where citizens in the community get together to identify problems they see and find ways to fix them.

"We teach a process that helps citizens cooperate and collaborate to get solutions to issues that are pending in the community," says Clear Vision Board Member Vicki Hoehn.

Last year, in the program's first year of existence, some new programs emerged.

"Go, Go Gardens, they wanted to start another community garden.  Move More was another organization.  They wanted to try to get out into the community and get people more interested in exercise," remembers Hoehn.  "And then there is a group that is still in the process.  It's called Building Bridges.  It's having to do with transforming the community to be sensitive to different racial differences."

This year, new ideas are already beginning to form; ideas that could really make life easier for low-income families.

"We are looking at partnering with Marshfield Clinic to have students available in waiting rooms after patients have their visit with their doctor to then direct them towards the resources they need to maybe get the right food, get adequate housing," says UW-Eau Claire Senior Drew Gintner.  "Some of these things that they may not have access to that the physicians can't help them with."

That's just one of many ideas to emerge Thursday night.

"I think that every time we do training like this we have new issues come up, new groups form and we accomplish great things," explains Clear Vision President Donald Mowry.

This was just the first of six meetings.  The next one is scheduled for next Wednesday.  Clear Vision is trying to recruit more citizens to help improve the city, so if you could like to help you are encouraged to contact them. 

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