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City invites residents to participate in 'listening tour'
City invites residents to participate in 'listening tour'

Seeking resident input that will inform strategic planning the City Council will begin this fall, the City of Yuma invites residents to participate in one of four events in the coming weeks.

Across the city, Yuma residents will have an opportunity to have their input heard on a number of topics ranging from public safety, growth, historic preservation, entertainment and jobs.

“Your Insights, Yuma’s Future: A Citywide Listening Tour” will consist of three in-person and one online remote event in October. City Administration and department leaders will host these events.

“Starting this strategic direction process by listening to our residents will ensure the final result is informed by what the community wants,” said City Administrator Philip Rodriguez. “City of Yuma government serves people first and foremost. The listening tour provides an opportunity for Yumans to give feedback on what matters most to them. Then we’ll take what we hear to the City Council as they work together to lay out the future course for our city. It’s a pivotal moment, and I hope residents will come out and be heard.”

Beyond understanding what the community wants Yuma to look and feel like in the future, the insights gained through the listening tour will be used for budget decisions in future years, as well as to shape city services into the rest of this decade.

Individuals who reside in the city may attend one of the four listening tour opportunities in October.

  • 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Yuma Readiness and Community Center, 6550E. 24th St.
  • 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Sunset Terrace at the Yuma Civic Center, 1440 W. Desert Hills Drive.
  • 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the E.F. Sanguinetti Fire Station 1, 353 S.3rd Ave.
  • 12 p.m. Oct. 15, one online option for those who wish to participate from the comfort of their own home or workplace.

All in-person opportunities will prioritize physical distancing and will require the use of face coverings. There will be limited number of seats available at each location.

Participants can make reservations online by selecting one of the four listening tour opportunities.  Or register by phone by calling 928-373-5200. Participants for this first series of the listening tour should be persons of voting age who reside within the city of Yuma.