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Posted on: July 18, 2019

Community Forums to Gather Input on Stafford’s Culture to Plan for the Future


There is one thing upon which all Staffordians can agree – Stafford has changed a whole lot over the last 50 years – going from approximately 25,000 residents to around 150,000. No matter what your perspective is on the matter, we can all agree that Stafford is growing and will continue to moving forward.

Regardless, it is important to slow down periodically and take stock of the prevailing ideas and cultures of Stafford’s diverse, growing population as important plans are made for the future. To that end, the Stafford County Department of Economic Development is partnering with the Stafford Museum Foundation to hold a series of community forums designed to solicit ideas from citizens on shaping the culture of Stafford County.

“We are dedicated to collecting input from the community to get at the heart of the county,” said John Holden, Stafford’s Director of Economic Development. “We envision the Stafford Museum having a home in Downtown Stafford along with features and amenities that reflect the ‘Place’ we call Stafford. This planning stage is the perfect time to ask what the community would like to see.”

There will be five forums around the county with participants asked to consider a few questions and themes in preparing for the forums:

  • What does living and working or operating a business in Stafford mean to you?
  • Describe Stafford County at its best…
  • What do you value most about the community?
  • What three wishes do you have for Stafford County?

Additionally, all who attend are asked to share a favorite memory, music, artwork, and pictures to tell the Stafford story and celebrate the sense of community that makes Stafford home.

Come and help shape the cultural future of Stafford County. More information on dates and times may be found at, or by contacting or by phone at 540-658-8681.

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