Floyd Action Network is an umbrella organization that
promotes citizen participation in best
land use practices for
rural and urban neighborhoods.
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BACKGROUND: How Floyd Action Network Began
Several years ago, members of the grass-roots organizations, Save Our Knobs (SOK), Greenville Concerned Citizens (GCC), and interested individuals, established an umbrella organization for community groups with similar missions — primarily in land-use planning. A steering committee was formed to work through the details for the organization named “Floyd Action Network." The steering committee worked with a consultant to develop a strategic plan and draft bylaws. They received a Certificate of Incorporation for Floyd Action Network, Inc.
The formation of FAN was motivated by experiences with their own activist groups and others. Most often groups were formed around neighborhood issues, usually in opposition to a project that would greatly affect area residents, their property, and their quality of life. Once the threat was resolved, in one way or another, the group members fell away and often the group dissolved. SOK and GCC have survived, but keeping members interested when burning issues cool was a challenge. The steering committee believed an umbrella group would keep members involved because they would focus on issues that affect the wider community, and they could be proactive rather than reactive.
The steerimg committee also recognized lackluster communication and coordination among local citizen groups. Often, SOK members were contacted by newly formed groups. And they shared information to avoid “reinventing the wheel.”
The steering committee realized that supporting attractive city neighborhoods could reduce development pressure on Floyd County's rural forests and farms. So setting up avenues for communication among all our citizen groups was the first priority for FAN. As the organization moved forward, FAN has evolved to meet new issues of new members.
Beginning with the organizational meeting in November, 2009, interested Floyd County residents have gathered for monthly meetings. Both city and county residents have voiced their dedication to preserving the unique qualities of Floyd County history, heritage, and natural environment.