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On the Table planning in the works for second round of community conversations

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At Monday’s FrankTalks event at Eastern Flank Battlefield, attendees were asked to help in the planning process for this year’s upcoming On the Table event.

During the talk, attendees also brainstormed ways can get even more people to participate in On the Table conversations during its second round. 

In October of last year, On the Table was formed locally, which is a community engagement initiative organized by local nonprofit Franklin Tomorrow.

Executive Director Mindy Tate shared that 1,000 people of diverse age ranges participated in last year’s On the Table series at 50 public and private events across the city. 

“We had more than 30 unique zip codes that represent all the zip codes in Williamson County, and zip codes from our surrounding counties as far away as Sumner, Marshall and Maury Counties,” Tate said. 

On the Table results showed that 96 percent of participants who took the survey felt attached to Franklin. However, 24 percent of participants did not know how to get involved. 

As part of the ongoing planning, the next steps for the upcoming On the Table include: continuing to have conversations’ big and small, creating a civic book league and providing more direct access to volunteer opportunities in the community, Tate shared. 

FrankTalks attendees were asked to help in the planning process. They answered three questions in small groups: what was your favorite part of 2018 On the Table, what would you change or add, and how can we grow participation. 

As Tate wrote down the group’s ideas, the general consensus was that other groups of people can be reached, which would help grow participation for the next On the Table. 

The planning committee is set to meet in July to discuss the second round of the On the Table series. 

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