Combining organizations and individuals of like minds
to strengthen everyone’s efforts in
the unique qualities of Floyd County's
history, heritage, and natural environment.
If you or your organization share the vision and mission of Floyd Action Network, join us under our umbrella. Together, we can build our strength and achieve so much more than we could if we attempted to achieve our goals by ourselves. Go to our Members page to see who has already joined FAN.
Joining neighborhoods, environmental groups, and interested individuals under one umbrella. Undertaking projects that address land use issues, environmental stewardship, historic preservation, and the principles of Smart Growth.
By sharing knowledge and experience among all those who cherish our Floyd County home, Floyd Action Network commits to balancing our cultural and natural surroundings within a changing economy.
Floyd Action Network (FAN) believes Floyd County can present itself as a model of far-sighted, progressive land use planning that preserves and protects open space, farmland, natural beauty, critical environmental areas, urban neighborhoods, and cultural heritage.
There's a lot more to say about FAN beyond our vision and our mission. And most of it is on this page. Please click on any of these topics to learn more:
Several years ago, members of the grass-roots organizations, Save Our Knobs (SOK), Greenville Concerned Citizens (GCC), and interested individuals, began meeting to establish 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 we named "Floyd Action Network" or "FAN." The steering worked, with the help of a consultant, developed a strategic plan, drafted bylaws, and received the Certificate of Incorporation for Floyd Action Network, Inc.
Experiences with our own groups and others motivated the formation of FAN. Most often groups were formed around neighborhood issues -- usually in opposition to projects that were perceived as negatively affecting area residents' 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 is a challenge. The steering committee believed an umbrella group would keep members involved because they would focus on issues that affected the wider community and could be proactive rather than reactive.
Often, we were contacted by newly formed groups. And we were able to share information that we had compiled to avoid "reinventing the wheel." But our communication was inconsistent and coordination among local citizen groups was lackluster.
Setting up avenues for communication among all our citizen groups is the first priority of FAN. Supporting attractive city neighborhoods can reduce development pressure on our rural forests and farms. And as the organization moves forward, FAN will evolve to meet new issues of our 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. (back to the list)
EXCERPTS FROM OUR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
The leadership of FAN, representing established grass roots organizations offers long experience in advocating public
issues on behalf of the community, especially the history, practices, and processes used by state and local
governments and agencies. Both experienced and new FAN activists demonstrate passion by consistent, persistent,
commitment to pursue issues and advocate positions that we believe are in the best interest of Floyd county.
The combined knowledge of FAN leadership shows understanding of:
Floyd Action Network increases the opportunity for sustaining the quality of life for our fellow citizens
Floyd Action Network distinguishes itself from other similar organizations because:
FAN endorses and is guided by the following principles of Smart Growth:
FAN successfully achieves its mission if: