Rebuilding America – Roads, Bridges & More

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As we travel around the country, we experience the blessing of a robust infrastructure that was largely built during the Great Depression as public works projects. And as many of us know, a high percentage of these public works have not been maintained or are being used beyond their intended lifespan. So what do we do? How can we maintain our robust infrastructure without breaking the taxpayers’ backs? Who shares the responsibility for bridges, roads, rail, water systems, etc? This conversation is an invitation to look closely at public works and talk about the real value we receive...or don’t. Bring your pot hole stories, of course...and your friends to share their stories and ideas, too.


Rounds/Questions: The Living Room Conversation Starts Here
A Living Room Conversation is designed to flow through 6 rounds; 5 rounds with questions and the closing. During some rounds, each question will be addressed. In other rounds, the multiple questions are intended as conversation starters and you need only respond to the one or two that matter the most to you. In the event the conversation wanders off track, we will refer to this Conversation Guide to get it back on track.

Round One: Getting Started / Why Are We Here?
● What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round Two: Core Values
Answer one or more of the following:
● What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
● What would your best friend say about who you are and what makes you “tick”?
● What are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country now and long-term?

Round Three: Rebuilding America and Paying for it - Bridges, Roads, Water Systems and More
Remember that the goal for this Living Room Conversation is for all of us to listen and learn about where we have different opinions and where we have shared interests, intentions and goals. Answer one or more of the following questions:
● How satisfied are you with your local roads, bridges and water system?
● How should our roads, bridges and water systems be financed?
● Would you be willing to pay increased local taxes for improvements? Why or why not?
● Who is responsible for maintaining public works projects?

Round Four: Reflection
Answer one or more of the following questions:
● In one sentence, share what was most meaningful / valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation.
● What learning, new understanding or common ground was found on this topic?
● Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?

Round Five: Accomplishment and Next Steps
Answer both of the following questions:
● What is one important thing you thought was accomplished here?
● Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

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