The Word Cloud creates guidance for the plan and was generated from the results of an exercise conducted at the Hands-on Session, involving over 150 people. Participants simply wrote down one word that came to mind about Thomasville in “Now” and “In the Future.” The more respondents used a word, the larger that word appeared.
In one word, respondents described Thomasville “Now” as “disconnected,” community,” and “historic.” In one word, respondents described Thomasville “In the Future” as “vibrant,” modern,” “community,” “opportunity,” “inclusive,” and “connected.” Other words were used and they are all important, but one can imagine a mission statement being written based on the words used the most often.
If we put those words together, we can say: “Thomasville today is a historic place with a community that is committed to the town, and to each other, however, too many feel disconnected in a variety of ways, both socially and physically. In the future, the plan shall endeavor to create a Thomasville that is vibrant and modern, in addition to stately and historic. The plan shall help the town work to reconnect and provide even greater opportunity and inclusiveness, to all residents and stakeholders.”