Elkhart County residents spoke loud and clear about the future
Hundreds attended the Vibrant Communities Kickoff, Community Conversations and/or Summit on the Future in 2016. They submitted thousands of comments about their priorities for parks and green spaces, arts and cultural venues, events and festivals, and community gathering places.
Speakers such as Peter Kageyama (“For the Love of Cities”) and Jamie Bennett and facilitators from Planning NEXT helped us all understand the critical role that quality of place has for community pride, talent attraction and retention, and creating neighborhoods and cities where people love to live.
The result of all this feedback was a 77-item Action Agenda, which was presented in draft form for everyone to review at the Summit on the Future in June 2016.
Many Action Agenda items have seen tremendous progress, from the Elkhart aquatics center and Goshen multi-purpose pavilion to improvements in biking/walking paths and outdoors recreation facilities, to the Wa-Nee Vision 2020 plan.
Implementation of the Action Agenda has progressed into work being done by Task Forces around the themes of housing, outdoors and communications.
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