Member communities in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities need community support and participation to achieve its age-friendly goals. It's especially useful to engage the following individuals and organizations:
- Elected officials
- Key agency staff, such as the town or urban planner, the public works administrator, the bike/pedestrian coordinator, assorted transportation representatives
- Metropolitan planning organization (MPO) representatives
- Emergency first responders
- Main Street organizations, chambers of commerce, downtown development groups
- Local voluntary non-profit service organizations such as the Rotary Club, Junior League, etc.
- The area’s tourism bureau, local heritage society or museums
- Members of the healthcare and fitness community, such as hospitals, YMCAs, disease groups (ALS, heart, lung, diabetes, etc.)
- Existing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are engaged in the issue, such as bicycle and pedestrian groups
- Major employers in the community
- Representatives of community foundations
- Neighborhood associations
- School administrators, staff and board members
- Library staff and board members
- Senior centers
- Area agencies on aging
- Colleges and universities if they are in the community. (Pursue the involvement of subject experts and as well as the school’s community relations person.)
- Local smart growth and environmental groups
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