Ultimately, our organization’s goal is to ensure that as long as the United States of America exists, Historic Eatonville will exist as a vibrant community, representing the history and heritage of people of African ancestry. To accomplish this goal, our organization needs to address certain challenges almost simultaneously:
1. Long-term, education is the key to Eatonville’s sustainability. If the community’s children are unable at a minimum to “read, write, and cipher,” they will not be capable of maintaining their hometown because they will be academically unprepared to secure a job. “Truth be told,” however, they are going to need more than minimum skills to be competitive in a global marketplace. Therefore, the most important work of our organization is making a positive impact on the education the children receive.
2. Another important challenge facing Eatonville is its economic development. Eatonville continues to be the largest remaining undeveloped parcel of land in Northeast Orange County; and the citizens of Eatonville,known as a “low socio-economic” community pay the highest ad valorem taxes in the County far in excess of its sister communities, such as Maitland and/or Windermere.
3. Finally, there is the challenge of health disparities and how for example, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, et al are present, disproportionately, within Eatonville; and the negative consequences of such unhealthy conditions.
Over the next decade, it will be these three areas where our organization will need to focus its attention.
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