FAQ’s 


Question: What exactly is GenK®

Answer:

GenK® is a shortened version of Generation Kingman® and represents a unified effort organized by a large number of people from the Kingman area to generate area wide involvement in the planning and implementation of a strategic economic development program for the greater Kingman area’s future for this and future generation. It is our hope that local governments will incorporate these concerns and proposals in their planning processes as representing the opinions and will of the community, and to incorporate a concerned and knowledgeable community as a continuing planning and implementation resource.

Question: That sounds complicated! How would someone like me have something to add to this?

Answer:

The complicated stuff is being handled by a company called Arizona Town Hall, however, your role in all of this is pretty simple, but is certainly of great value.

Question: I don't get it. How does it work?

Answer:

It starts with you giving us some of your basic opinions regarding the Kingman area as your home.  There will be a survey which will be taken and which will ask you to provide us with information regarding things like what do you like about the Kingman area, what don’t you like, what you would love to stay the same, what you’d like to see changed, etc..  Issues about our communities like those.  The survey costs nothing to take, and can be done on-line. In fact, if you don’t have a computer, it can be filled out on paper, and we’ll provide instructions about turning in the paper survey so those answers can be submitted and included.  
Question: How many people are you looking to survey?

Answer:

It would be great if every man, woman and child in the greater Kingman area who has regular dealings in and around Kingman could respond. That’s, of course, not likely, so let’s just say “as many people as we can get to give a few minutes of their time and thoughts toward the future of the place we all call home through the survey.
Question: Well, but, it sounds like you are just talking about economics. I don’t know anything about economics.

Answer:

This program is anything but being solely about economics although the local economy will play a vital role in our area’s future for us and our children.  It is true that an area‘s entire quality of life is related to its economic well-being, and the program will address growing the local economy for everyone.  The purpose of such economic growth for the benefit of all the citizens of this part of Mohave County, however, is the primary purpose of GenK™. Education, health care, our parks, shopping and entertainment facilities, assistance to veterans and those in need, and much more are topics which effect all of us and your input is needed to help us shape priorities for the years to come in Kingman and its surrounds.
Question: Who or what is this Arizona Town Hall?

Answer:

Unlike many firms which deal with strategic economic planning, Arizona Town Hall is a non-profit organization which, in its own words, “…educates, engages, connects, and empowers people to resolve important issues through consensus, not division, using a process based on respectful dialogue that values diverse perspectives, builds relationships and fosters leadership development.”

Question: Wow, that’s a mouthful. What does it mean.

Answer:

The short answer is that Arizona Town Hall facilitates people working together to achieve common goals. And they’re pretty darn good at what they do.  They’ve assisted with dozens of great projects not only in Arizona, which iswhere they began, but their model has been successful in numerous other states throughout the nation and internationally.

Question: Why do I need to pre-register?

Answer:

There are a couple of reasons.  First, while we’d love to be able to have input from every person in the Kingman area for the Main Event, there are realistic space considerations.We simply do not have unlimited seating.  Therefore, participation has to be on a first-come/first-served basis.  Next, GenK™ will be providing a continental breakfast, lunch, nonalcoholic drinks and morning and afternoon snacks, and we need to make sure we have provided enough to take care of every participant.  Finally, seating will be pre-assigned based on a number of factors employed by Arizona Town Hall, andwe need to know who is going to be in attendance to make those assignments.
Question: Pre-assigned seating? Can’t I just sit with my friends?

Answer:

Seating will be arranged in tables of eight people at each table.  As indicated, the Arizona Town Hall method is to facilitate harmony out of diverse points of view.  The success of the program comes from the expression and discussion various differing concepts in smaller groups.  By assigning seating, Arizona Town Hall assures that diversity and discussion.
Why do I have to pay $5?

Answer:

First any rumors you may have heard to the contrary, the $5 admission amount is not intended to defer the costs of this event, nor is it to dissuade people who simply don’t have $5 from attending.  As indicated, seating space is limited.  Gen K™ on the advice of Arizona Town Hall is charging this minimal fee as a device to assure as full participation as is possible. If people pay the $5 they are far less likely to reserve a seat and then fail to attend.
Question: I can’t believe the $5 will cover the costs of an event this size. Is somebody going to be passing the hat once we’re inside the event to raise additional money for the purpose of covering costs.

Answer:

No. You will not be asked to contribute a cent more to this event as a result of your attendance.  The cost of retaining Arizona Town Hall has been split between the City of Kingman and a group of concerned businesses and individuals interested in the future of the greater Kingman area.  The costs involved with facility rental, food, marketing, and all other expenses related to the program are based on donations from the group mentioned as well as from “likekind” donations from providers to the event. The only additional cost you might incur for participation in the GenK™ program would be if you choose to have an alcoholic beverage afterwards at the no-host bar which will be part of the “after event” reception. 
Question: How many of my tax dollars have already been spent for this event?

Answer:

To be perfectly frank, we have not broken down how much any individual’s taxes have contributed to this event, but look at it this way: the City’s contributing $6,000 as its portion of the fee for the Arizona Town Hall.  For the sake of argument, let’s assume there are 20,000 taxpayers in Kingman. $6,000 divided by 20,000 equals about 30 cents.
Question: Who exactly is putting this event on?

Answer:

The group described above have planned and are “putting” on this event.  While the greater Kingman Chamber
of Commerce has assisted in the logistics of receiving pledge money, paying invoices, etc., the group involved can best be described as Kingman area citizens who are deeply concerned with our area’s future.  The group in question is open to anyone interested in the Kingman area’s future and is controlled by majority vote with each participant entitled to a single vote.

Question: It’s my understanding that over the years, there have been a number of studies done by the City and nothing has ever seemed to come of them. Why should this be any different?

Answer:

The simple answer is because of you!  You and the hundreds of other people who will be participating in this event.Kingman belongs to you and your fellow citizens.  It does not belong to some firm from Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas or Los Angeles.  Your input will be employed by the local governments when developing a comprehensive, strategic plan for our future.  The purpose of GenK™ it to get you involved in the community and keep you involved in the community.  The platform of the program is to promote that your involvement is not of a singular nature, but to provide each of us the resource to have the voices of the citizens heard now and in the future for the good of the City and surrounding area as a whole.Through the consensus we will achieve during the upcoming GenK™ we can provide a framework for tomorrow which includes your input and a collective vision will be created for our future.  Thereafter, we all will be involved in its on going implementation and maintenance, and it will not rely on the comings and goings of a few elected officials blinded by their vision for your future.
Question: A full day is a long time to spend on something like this, can I just stay for half of the program?

Answer:

Actually, a single day is a very short time for holding in depth discussions about the future of our community.Additionally, our goal is not to make you feel like a captive.Based on the results of the survey, there will be a number of topics which will require thorough discussion, and those discussions tend to be less fully vetted if participation dwindles.While we cherish the idea of your participation, in the event you do not believe you can commit to a full day, please allow someone else to serve in your stead.  There will be a recap following the main event on Monday, August 21 which you can attend for free (and, if you like, purchase breakfast).
Questions: What will you be doing with the information received from the attendees?

Answer:

First, you should be aware, that unlike an election where you cast your vote and don’t find out the result until later, Arizona Town Hall provides “reporters” who record the results of any consensus arrived at by a table at the Main Event almost instantaneously at the time it is made.  As the day progresses, the results of the individual tables are analyzed and typically by the end of the program, the results can be disseminated to those in attendance.  In the long run, the results of the GenK™ will be presented to the City and County governments for the purpose of developing and implementing a comprehensive, strategic economic development plan for Kingman and vicinity.  Our job, however, will not end there. The thought and effort you and your fellow citizens contribute to the success of the GenK™ program do not merit being “put on the shelf.”  Volunteers will be sought from participants inthe GenK™ program as well as other interested citizens to monitor and regularly assess the implementation of the programs developed through the Youth and Main Events.

Question: You’ve referred to a Main Event is there something else going on?

Answer:

Actually the GenK™/Arizona Town Hall is made up of several events:
  1. As indicated, there will be the survey which will commence on approximately July 1 and run through the start of August.  No cost for participation.
  2. On August 8, there will be a Youth Event, which will be held at Mohave Community College.  It will be attended as a field trip for Kingman Area High School Students. Additionally, students from Kingman Academy and MCCC will take part in this event.  While adults will be in attendance at the event, their purpose will be to encourage discussion by the youths and not “direct” it. There is no cost for participation in the youth event.
  3. The Main Event will be held at Beale Celebrations at 4th and Beale downtown with doors opening at about 8:30 a.m. on August 19, 2017, Continental Breakfast, Lunch and morning and afternoon snack together with soft drinks, tea, coffee, water will be available at the Main Event. $5.00 pre-paid registration for adults; youths chosen to  attend from the youth event attend free of charge.
  4. Saturday, August 19, 2017, reception at Beale Celebrations for participants in MainEvent. No charge. Hors d’oeurvres and No-host bar.
  5. Monday, August 21, 2017, 8:00 a.m. After Event at KRMC conference room off cafeteria for those who missed Main Event and those who just couldn’t get enough. Admission free (Breakfast available for purchase from KRMC cafeteria).