Draft Action Agenda will be unveiled June 7 in Summit on the Future at Elkhart’s Lerner Theatre

The Vibrant Communities Draft Action Agenda for Elkhart County will be unveiled in the Summit on the Future on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at the Lerner Theatre in downtown Elkhart.

The Draft Action Agenda details projects, places and policies aimed at strengthening the things that Elkhart County residents love, from parks and green spaces to cultural and arts venues to neighborhoods and community events. This outcome is the product of more than 3,500 comments contributed by more than 700 residents over a series of Community Conversations, small-group meetings and online responses since February.

Elkhart County residents will be asked to offer additional feedback and ask questions about the details of the Draft Action Agenda. The feedback will be collected at the Summit and in the ensuing weeks. It will be used by the Vibrant Communities Steering Committee to complete the Final Action Agenda and to plan the steps to bring those proposals into reality.

The keynote speaker for the Summit will be Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace. Bennett is

Jamie Bennett has been the Executive Director of ArtPlace America since January 2014.

Jamie Bennett has been the Executive Director of ArtPlace America since January 2014.

known for his passionate talks concerning the roles of creativity and the arts in community development. ArtPlace is a non-profit organization which works with other groups at the city level  in fostering development that leads to more lively and attractive cities and towns.

The Summit will also celebrate the many hours of spirited discussion, thoughtful brainstorming and creative thinking from those who joined in at least part of the Vibrant Communities initiative.

More information about the Vibrant Communities is available at www.VibrantElkhartCounty.org.

The Vibrant Communities initiative is co-sponsored by the Community Foundation of Elkhart County and the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The two organizations are dedicated to quality-of-place projects which improve Elkhart County communities and economic interests.


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