(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan got an earful of praises and concerns from residents living in the northernmost part of Miami-Dade County during an hour-long Tele-Town Hall meeting on May 10, 2012. Residents congratulated Commissioner Jordan for opening the lines of communication so they could conveniently convey issues they have with County-run agencies and facilities.
"The Tele-Town Hall meeting allowed me to hear from people who otherwise would not have an opportunity to reach out to me," said Commissioner Jordan. "This was my way of bringing government closer to the people."
Residents thanked Commissioner Jordan for fighting to maintain the Head Start program. They also expressed concerns about Special Transportation Services (STS), bus routes, foreclosure issues, community development, parks, youth-on-youth violence, and the future of Metrorail.
"Based on comments during the Tele-Town Hall meeting, employment for young adults ranked high on the list," said Jordan. "That issue has been a concern countywide, which is why I implemented the Summer Youth Internship Initiative eight years ago."
Several residents inquired about educating youngsters about the new voting process. They wanted to ensure that young people were not disenfranchised during the upcoming election.
As the Tele-Town Hall meeting concluded, there were still residents waiting to voice their opinions. Those participants were asked to contact Commissioner Jordan's district office at (305) 474-3011.
The Tele-Town Hall meeting was conducted at Commissioner Jordan's district office through a computer-generated program that automatically dialed residential homes in District 1.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan and her Chief of Staff Andre Ragin conduct the Tele-Town Hall meeting from her District 1 Office.