The social and economic turmoil that started with the response to COVID-19 has been widespread in Elkhart County.

What does this mean for our vibrant cities and towns as businesses reopen and we gather again in public spaces? It’s an ongoing process to understand some of the repercussions, on our small businesses, our neighborhoods, and who we are as a community.

There have been success stories as residents and organizations took charge to help care for those in need and to lift up our spirits to keep going.

We think now is the time for Elkhart County to come together to share our insights from a wide diversity of Elkhart County’s residents, leaders and community champions. Vibrant Communities Conversations are the first steps in that process of forming a community-based, resident-driven response, and we want you to be involved!

Two public listening sessions took place in June 2020, and focused sessions also took place with niche groups.

A report on these public input sessions is forthcoming.


  • Cynthia Murphy says:

    I look forward to the robust discussion on ways to keep our community safe!

  • Laura Coyne says:

    Elkhart County is uniquely vulnerable to Covid spread through factory line design. Can we integrate virus prevention in LEAN education? It’s a start! Second, encourage industry transparency in case counts in our hospital and factory settings. There is so much to talk about here… and opportunities.

  • Anna Davies says:

    Amusement Park

  • I would like to see a cultural fest of African American/Black cultural food, art, music, talent, religion, literature, traditional Black colleges, Black businesses and Black businesses opportunities festival. There is NOTHING wrong with doing something cultural for Elkhart County residents as a whole, it doesn’t isolate but rather integrates our various cultures and perhaps helps to better understand thru experience and conversation vs. generational stereotypes. There is NO single Black culture in the U.S. Forgetting about February as Black History Month – which is nothing more than a month on the calendar, we should challenge Black people to step up and represent our beliefs and values in terms of our experiences nationally as well as that which has been transmitted generationally. We can’t be afraid to reflect our differences and to own them no matter the views of other races or ethnicities, or even ourselves. As most races and ethnicities Black people are not monolithic. Sometimes we, Black people, exclude other people of color due to our various experiences and the practice of dismissing those who don’t do things our way, as an indictment on their racial identity. We may tend to view ours as more sophisticated or educated due to our own sub-conscious racism.

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