Fortunately, 200 people attended the event representing a cross-section of for-profit, nonprofit, education, arts, and residents from the area. Attendees “voted” on items from a list of priorities that were already condensed to 30 (from 200 priorities originally). With the guiding principle of “positive regional impact,” the group ended up with 11 top priorities (two tied for 10th).
The 11 community priorities set, in no particular order, include the following:
public art projects
• Create a mentor program for newly arrived immigrants and refugees
• Reinstate regional air service
• Promote the Big Lake connection to Northstar Rail
• Leverage and expand the Summer Time by George
• Create a riverfront corporation
It was a fascinating process utilizing the expertise of Amherst H. Wilder Foundation research resources. If you are interested in learning more or would like to be involved in any of the initiatives, please contact the Initiative Foundation at 320-632-9255 or the Central Minnesota Community Foundation at 320-253-4380.
Posted by Kathy Grochow, NRS, St. Cloud
St. Cloud State University, talking about one of the categories from which to vote.