On June 19, the Steering Committee of ENVISION Jefferson County welcomed over one hundred participants to the Community Summit – their second major public event. The Summit built upon the nearly 1,300 ideas collected at the Community Conversations meetings held in late April and early May, as well as surveys from some hard to reach groups, and again ask the public to help move Jefferson County forward.
Participants worked in groups around six initiative areas:
- Advancing personal prosperity and community economic vitality;
- Creating attractive, productive and desirable places;
- Linking education with local opportunity;
- Shaping a vibrant community through entertainment and the arts;
- Building a positive community through collaboration and leadership; and
- Promoting health, safety and wellbeing.
Jamie Greene led the groups through an initial rating of goal statements for each initiative which the Steering Committee had helped to prepare. The groups then split off to discuss their initiative area’s set of related actions. Each participant evaluated the actions and chose to lift a smaller set as priorities. The group leaders tallied these votes and then elevated five priority actions for discussion. After a long lively debate period, the groups reported on their discussions. The results from the meeting will be reviewed by the Steering Committee over the coming weeks a developed further into the Draft Vision and Action Plan.
The ENVISION Jefferson County vision and action planning process is a first of it’s kind effort for the communities of Jefferson County and the City of Madison, Indiana. Learn more at www.envisionjeffersoncounty.org