A cohesive community vision might be just around the corner.

A cohesive community vision might be just around the corner.

About 35 of Nunda’s leaders, including a few from the public and two presenters, attended what could be the first of many forums designed to move Nunda forward by way of local organizations working together.

Alex Pierce, a Nunda-area native who recently retired from a career in the U.S. Air Force, had the vision of a community roundtable after having been part of similar types of meetings during his military career.

“Out of this networking opportunity, our intent is to build this leadership network here in the community,” he said at the begining of the forum, adding that the roundtable is to help cultivate appreciation for the leadership that is already in the area; for organizations to share items that are on the horizon; and to look at a healthy and innovative plan for the community.

“It’s a network that hopefully we can, as the greater Nunda area, not only improve here, but also be a beacon for other communities.”   

Present at the meeting were representatives from Nunda’s community service, spiritual, educational, business and governmental agencies. Student leaders also attended.

Guest speakers helped bring to light where Nunda, and Livingston County as a whole, stand currently in health statistics and business education opportunities.

Jim Mazurowski, Livingston County Department of Health’s director of environmental health, spoke about Livingston County’s recent rankings statewide in several  areas of health studies.

Out of 62 counties in New York, Livingston ranks fifth in health outcomes; 18 in health factors; 37 in clinical care; 15 in social/environmental factors and 30 in physical environment.

Mazurowski said that with relatively high rankings overall, there is still room for improvement, even after hitting the fifth-highest ranking in health outcomes.  

He said that the county’s health department will be looking at other New York counties to gather ideas on how to better Livingston, and develop a community health improvement plan.

He said the purpose of statewide health rankings are for counties to do just that, thereby bettering the entire state as a whole.

Carrie Malone, director of Livingston County?Business Education Alliance, spoke next about the BEA, which promotes career awareness and opportunities for students in grades K-12.

More specifically, Malone’s presentation concentrated on high school students and the BEA’s programs that engage high schoolers with hands-on, real-life career experiences.

Regarding their work with Keshequa, in the 2010-11 school year, the BEA had more than 3,000 career awareness experiences that took place within the school district.

“We’re making great strides, there’s always more that we can do,” Malone said.

Livingston County’s BEA?program is one of three in the state.

Funding for BEA?comes from Livingston County, participating school districts and through fund drives.

The forum continued with Pierce speaking briefly on the need to “sell” Nunda to the following generation, thereby encouraging current students to stay or others to move into Nunda.

The event concluded with community leaders speaking about their upcoming events and areas in which they could use help, as well as information available on individual organizations’ websites; and the resources available to the community through local churches.

A follow-up meeting is being tentatively planned for the fall.