League of Women Voters members discussed and adopted local program for 2013-2014 at the May LWV Annual Meeting. Four local areas were approved for study and action.

Economic Health of Montgomery County and Outreach to Small Communities committee will continue to support the League position on city and county-wide economic development.

"The LWV supports a healthy economy including business, industry, education and training, recreation and tourism, health care and housing. Cooperation and coordination among the city, the county, and other local entities are exceedingly important to the economic health and development of Montgomery County and directly impact all these factors.

Genuine dialogue among all players in the county with continued education and understanding of what is involved in economic development is essential. Consistent, focused, and coherent activity with consideration given to long-term goals is vital. A willingness to invest real resources when needed is also important."

The Outreach to Small Communities overture of Economic Health will continue to work with the Small Community Network and to facilitate "Build a Better Community" public forums in the small communities of Montgomery County, as needed.

The League will also study local workforce development issues, including the challenges of recruiting and keeping workers, educational challenges, and incentives for assisting local industries that want to expand as well as attracting new industries.

The Health Care committee will study the health care needs in Montgomery County. Possible topics include health care for the uninsured, the need for a local Urgent Care facility, and the Free Clinic project.

Land Use in Montgomery County program will continue study and support of positions regarding drainage and planning in the county. The LWV supports countywide planning, either through Area Planning, shared staff and resources, or separate government entities (Advisory Planning), as defined by Indiana statute.

Local Government Reform committee will continue to support the League position on the standards of local government that include: efficiency, accountability, accessibility, equity, and transparency.

During the summer, the League will again co-sponsor with Wabash College a "Green Issues" movie series to be held at the Fine Arts Center at Wabash College. Three films scheduled to be shown are: June 26-CAPE SPIN!, July 16-ISLAND PRESIDENT, and August 7-INTO ETERNITY. All movies are free to the public and start at 7 p.m. in the Korb Classroom at the Fine Arts Center at Wabash College.

The Voter Service committee intends to help educate the community on the implementation of Vote Centers in Montgomery County, scheduled to begin with the Spring 2014 Primary Election.

Throughout the coming year, the League will share information with the public through public forums, Lunch with the League public meetings, columns in the media, and publications, as well as information booths at the Montgomery County Fair and Wabash Community Day.

LWV Officers for 2013-14 are: Karen Patton-P resident, Sue Fain-First Vice President, Gail Pebworth-Second Vice President, Karen Gunther-Secretary, Joyce Burnette-treasurer, and Directors: Kathy Brown, James Cherry Sr, and David Maharry. Elected members of the Nominating Committee are: Nancy Sennett, Susan Albrecht, and Helen Hudson.

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan, multi-issue political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase public understanding of major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. All men and women are invited to join the League where hands-on work to safeguard guard democracy leads to civic improvement. For information about the League, visit the website www.lwvmontco.org.or send a message to LWV, PO Box 101, Crawfordsville, 47933.