The Input Incubator at the Chattanooga Library focused on getting community input from 16 tri-state counties to help move the region into the future.
Some people like Mark West are concerned about the overall idea of Thrive 2055.
"As you begin to expand government it begins to become less efficient. We see that with the federal government. The federal government doesn't have the same concerns for you and me as our county commissioner does," said West.
Brian Anderson is the coordinating Committee Chairman for Thrive and says their not trying to replace local government.
"If a county says, I don't like anything you did then that group of elected officials can say we're not interested. But if two counties say hey you solved this problem and I've got the same problem, can you help me? We hope to build that relationship," Anderson said.
However, West says the information gathering process could produce misleading evidence.
"A question like do you strongly agree that we could have less crime and less gangs. They're all leading you to say strongly agree," said West, "So, if this plan comes out and is given to elected officials and they say your constituents agree they want this, remember this is less than one tenth or one percent of constituents that are expressing opinion."