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Middlesex County has partnered with Rutgers Public Outreach and Engagement Team (POET) to facilitate extensive outreach for DESTINATION 2040, the County's master plan update for the next 20+ years. The master plan will touch on everything that affects our lives in the County from transportation and housing to arts, parks and the environment and whatever is most important to YOU!

Rutgers POET is implementing a variety of outreach events and activities to ensure those who live, work and/or study in Middlesex County participate and provide feedback on what's important to you so that it can be incorporated into the plan. Below are some of the outreach activities implemented by Rutgers POET to obtain feedback from the public on their priorities:

Community Feedback Boxes:



Feedback boxes, small green and while ballot box with "Your feedback matters!" on them, were stationed in local libraries throughout Middlesex County. Next to the ballot box, there were question cards asking two simple questions: What do you like about Middlesex County and what would you change, if you could? Boxes were stationed during the first quarter of 2019 and collected in early April 2019.

Outreach Stations:



Rutgers POET has already visited locations throughout the County to make the public aware of DESTINATION 2040 and chat with residents, employees and students about what they like and would change in Middlesex County.

To date, Rutgers POET has visited the following locations. Summary reports of the feedback gathered from each location are available to view below:

Monroe Senior Center (Monroe, NJ) Monday, 11/19/18
Rutgers College Ave Student Center (New Brunswick NJ) Monday, 11/26/18
Middlesex County College (Edison, NJ) Tuesday, 11/27/18
Menlo Park Mall (Edison, NJ) Friday, 11/30/18
South Brunswick Public Library (South Brunswick, NJ) Sat, 12/1/18
Woodbridge Center Mall (Woodbridge, NJ) Sunday, 12/2/18
RWJ Hospital (New Brunswick, NJ) Wednesday, 12/5/18
East Brunswick Library (East Brunswick, NJ) Wednesday, 12/12/18
Raritan Bay Medial Center (Perth Amboy) Thursday, 12/13/18
Cathedral International (Perth Amboy, NJ) Sunday, 12/16/18


Set the Table!


The County also recruited residents to host gatherings of friends and family to talk about the future of Middlesex County through Set the Table! Set the Table! dinner party hosts received a kit that contained everything needed to host a lively discussion with 5-10 guests about the county, including a $50 stipend for the first 100 hosts to provide refreshments or other essentials to make the party a success! Participants provided feedback on up to 5 elements of the master plan that interested them (Environment, Public Safety, Transportation, Economy, Parks & Open Space, Arts & Culture, Housing, Land Use, Public Services & Facilities, Technology & Innovation, Historic Preservation). Kits were also available in Spanish and Gujarati. After the event, the hosts report back the major points of their discussion on easy-to-use Feedback forms. Training sessions were conducted throughout the county and one-on-one trainings at Rutgers POET offices in New Brunswick. Hosts must complete their parties and send back feedback forms by June 15, 2019.

Targeted Outreach


Using Set the Table!, Rutgers POET provided facilitated discussions about priorities for the county for up to 6 elements of the Master Plan (Environment, Public Safety, Transportation, Economy, Parks & Open Space, Arts & Culture, Housing, Land Use, Public Services & Facilities, Technology & Innovation, Historic Preservation) with high school students, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and limited English speaking groups from throughout Middlesex County.



STORYTELLING WORKSHOP AND STORY SLAM


Middlesex County is collaborating with COLAB Arts and their experienced storytelling teachers for free storytelling workshops. All attendees will gain the skills to craft and perform their own stories, and have the opportunity craft a narrative from their own lives around the theme of Destinations. For more information and to sign up, click here.


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