Last Wednesday night, the Franklin Town Hall hosted Western Carolina University's Public Policy Institute (PPI) along with many members of the community for a question and answer forum in hopes of providing a clear picture of the future for the Town of Franklin.
“Towns are having a difficult time in Western North Carolina. Franklin is actually doing pretty well. A lot of places are suffering more than Franklin is,” said Dr. Todd Collins, director of the PPI. "Our purpose is to just facilitate. We have no vision. The mayor may have his vision, you may have your vision. We want to hear your ideas."
Brian Burgess took the lead on the project moving through a slide show that posed many questions to the crowded room. For quite a while now, empty buildings, crumbling sidewalks, and at times, a stagnant economy have filled discussions between town officials and various civic groups. At this meeting in particular however, individuals on behalf of only themselves, were given the opportunity to share their opinions.