Siouxland leaders met for the third time Thursday to set some short-term goals to slow the growth of poverty.
City council members, church and school officials, and other local leaders broke into smaller groups to brainstorm ideas. From there, a larger group pared the list of ideas down into short-term goals.
A busy morning yielded five goals: giving a voice to everyone in economic decisions, establishing a sustainable living wage, developing entrepreneurial opportunities, finding desirable and safe affordable housing, and creating a place to pool resources.
Organizers say they're excited about the group's energy.
"You begin to see the empowerment on an individual basis, but also empowerment in the capacity of an organization begin to shift and grow as both begin to rise and work towards what they want to do," said Tronn Moller, executive director of the Faith & Community Development Institute.
The date for the next group meeting isn't set yet, but some of the individual groups will work on their own to start implementing some of their goals.
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