It’s been a busy three years for quality of place and placemaking projects throughout Elkhart County.
The community will get a more specific idea of just how much has been accomplished since the Vibrant Communities Action Agenda was unveiled in June 2016 at a special event later this month.
On Thursday, March 21, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Community Champions Roundtable, an informal gathering of Elkhart County leaders in a diverse set of fields, will convene to hear about the 2019 Community Report. The event will be at the LEX530 event center, 530 E. Lexington Ave., Elkhart, and the public is invited.
The report includes an exhaustive assessment of each of the Action Agenda’s 77 items, including the current status of each project, from Done to In Progress or Needs More Resources. The Elkhart aquatics center is almost done in the city’s River District. The Goshen Theater is nearly ready for a major renovation. And smaller-scale projects, many led by the new arts councils forming, are flowering throughout Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Wakarusa, Middlebury and Bristol. And that only scratches the surface of the report.
In 2016, hundreds of residents came together in a series of public meetings, offering thousands of comments and giving feedback that resulted in the Action Agenda.
Since 2016, Vibrant Communities leaders in every community have helped in the launch of various initiatives such as the Elkhart County Food Council, the Waterways Alliance and arts councils in Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee and Middlebury. The Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Community Foundation of Elkhart County, co-sponsors of Vibrant Communities, also provided funding to the Little BIG Idea Grant program that offered micro-grants for fun, quirky, community-based projects. The 365 Vibrant People of Elkhart County campaign this year celebrates the energetic doers who make our community great.
Vibrant Communities was initiated and sponsored by the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Community Foundation of Elkhart County in 2016. This movement’s focus is on the connection between Elkhart County’s economic vitality and quality of place. It champions projects and programs that support quality of place and placemaking. Its mission is to inspire people to love Elkhart County.