The 2012 Bicentennial Commission, after a year of public input from thousands of residents, presented the “Blueprint for the Bicentennial” to Mayor Michael Coleman and members of City Council.

It outlines seven major planning themes and specific recommendations for major projects and initiatives leading up to the community’s celebration of its 200th birthday. The commission's presentation will guide parts of the Bicentennial Bond Package, which will go before voters Nov. 4.

"Now that our Bicentennial Commission has worked through thousands of ideas from residents, it’s time for the real work to begin – turning this vision in to reality," Coleman said. "These recommendations are just the seeds, and now we need to nurture them and watch them grow as we build towards 2012."

Public input gathered from townhall meetings, surveys and other outreach programs eventually led to seven themes that formulate the report and its recommendations: Enhance our great neighborhoods Create a strong and active Downtown Increase our economic prosperity by engaging our talent rich workforce Provide a 21st century transportation system Commit to a green, sustainable region Create a vibrant, culturally rich city Embrace our history while defining our new legacy