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Tue, 08/04/2015 - 11:25pm by Nicole Hudson

Commission Identifies Signature Priorities in Open Working Session on 8/7

The Ferguson Commission will hold an open working session on Friday, August 7 from 12:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Center for Workforce Innovation at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, 3344 Pershall Rd., Ferguson, MO 63135.

Commissioners will review and execute the process by which they identify and affirm signature priorities drawn from the pool of 200 previously approved calls to action. These signature priorities will serve as the focus of the final report due to Governor Nixon on September 15.

In addition to affirming the signature priorities, the Commissioners will review the report structure, writing process and approve a method for capturing dissent.

The process for affirming signature priorities is in part driven by the consideration of six key lenses. These lenses surfaced as common considerations in research, community input and expert testimony for addressing the underlying root causes of the issues facing the St. Louis region. The lenses are:

  • Place Matters – Does this call to action make special consideration for how problems are spatially configured or concentrated? Does the implementation of this impact a specific geographic area?
  • Generational – Does this call to action impact more than one generation?
  • Children and Youth – Are children or youth at the center of this call to action?
  • Racial Equity – Will this call to action improve racial equity?
  • Health Equity – Will this call to action improve health equity?
  • Research Informed – Have the working groups and Commission been provided the appropriate research for consideration of the call to action?

Friday's meeting is one of three Commission meetings remaining before the report is due on September 15. The other meetings are scheduled for Monday, August 24 and Wednesday, September 9.