Organizers of Coffeyville’s Reawakening are in Coffeyville this week meeting with City Commissioners, community leaders and others to discuss plans and outline the movement. One of those organizers, Bill Pratt spoke to the Rotary Club of Coffeyville Tuesday. Pratt described Coffeyville’s Reawakening as grassroots that is a once in a generation opportunity for the community.
Pratt said that the reason he and other former Coffeyville residents have gotten involved in the movement is that the skills and values of caring for and leading people that have made them successful were values they learned while growing up in Coffeyville and they now want to give back. He added that there are some important insights that are needed to make the movement successful and that’s a reawakening mindset of pride, enthusiasm and energy and working together as a cohesive community.
Pratt also spoke about some of the activities that are part of the movement including the largest fund-raising effort in Coffeyville’s history involving 50 years of Field Kindley High School graduating classes, creating tax incentives for investment in Coffeyville and working with federal legislators to secure federal funds.