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Guam sets vision for next 50 years

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The Imagine Guam initiative officially kicked off with its first panel discussion on how the community envisions the island 50 years from now.

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"Today is the day when the horse leaves the stable," said Troy Torres, special policy adviser for the governor’s office, Pacific Daily News reports.

Imagine Guam, which Governor Eddie Calvo launched last November, is a strategic plan meant to guide the island to 2065. Torres said the meeting was the first to come, adding there would plenty more opportunities for the community to get involved.

"It’s not a gubernatorial plan or a government plan," Torres said. "It’s a community plan."

The idea to develop such an initiative, Torres said, began in 2009, when Calvo, then a senator, wanted to know what was going to happen to job and infrastructure growth after the military buildup is completed.

"What happens when the buildup ends?" Torres asked. "We have to do something that’s beyond the buildup, and do something that is about Guam."

Last month, the administration announced the formation of a seven-member team that was tasked with gathering community input on a set of 13 questions related to the future of Guam.

The panel, which broadly represents Guam’s society, includes Pika Fejeran, Judge Maria Cenzon, the Rev. Mike Crisostomo, Ann Marie Arceo, Marie Benito, Mayor Carol Tayama and Dan Ho.

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