Hello Envision Team Members!
Please mark your calendars for the next Envision Team work session on Jan. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Buena Vista Community Center. A compressed session for those with work conflicts takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Poncha Springs New Town Hall Center. Childcare is available for meetings. Please let us know you will attend and arrange for childcare at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s roll up our sleeves even further!
It’s time to sign up for Action Teams (formerly called Working Groups). In late January, Action Teams will begin to work on each of the four vision statement topics to develop plans that will move each vision toward reality. Here is your opportunity to create our best future in your personal areas of interest.
TO BE PART OF AN ACTION TEAM SIGN UP TODAY!
Action Teams will work separately on each vision topic with Facilitator Kim Smoyer to understand challenges, identify solutions and develop a plan during a schedule as outlined below. Team members will be polled to determine the best day and time from the following date ranges: Jan. 29-31; Feb. 26-28; April 4-6; and May 2-4.
What outcomes will Action Teams produce?
Chaffee County’s resilient community is strongly tied to our quality of life. It attracts and retains residents like you — people with extraordinary abilities, levels of education and commitment to the small community. Through the Action Teams, this collective talent will fuel innovation solutions to the complex issues associated with growth. Solutions will be implemented through local governments, nonprofits and the larger community. The work will be fun and engaging and most importantly, will yield measurable results that will shape our future. Click to sign up for an Action Team!
Envision Chaffee County’s Community Visions Status Report shows how we are progressing relative to the Community Vision Statements. This Report Card shows some areas to celebrate, and many areas that require new approaches and planning, to create a future where the community’s vision becomes reality.
Survey identifies community values, concerns
As part of identifying what the community values, the Envision Team conducted a survey in September and October designed to gather input from a representative sample of the county’s population. Community engagement in the Envision survey was excellent, with 1,203 total respondents. That’s about 6% of the population! Results say that residents value Chaffee County’s natural beauty above all else, followed closely by the community’s small-town feel. Download the full report here.
When asked, “What do you love most about Chaffee County?” the words “mountains, “beauty,” “outdoors,” “community,” “natural” and “small town” were used the most frequently and by more than half of respondents. When asked, “What makes Chaffee County special?” 67 percent of respondents identified natural resources, friendly small-town culture, outdoor recreation and rural character/agricultural lands as the most important assets. These answers, along with additional community input gathered by Envision, will inform the future of the planning initiative.
The Envision Team also conducted nearly 100 personal interviews with diverse community members to gather additional input to develop a shared future vision. Thank you to everyone who helped us discover Chaffee County’s common ground! Download a report on the Interviews here.
We have been sharing your hard work and the survey results throughout the community and are receiving strong support for the Community Vision Statements and direction this project is taking! We have presented information at civic meetings such as town boards, Rotary clubs and others, and new community members are getting involved every week. More than 160 people have attended meetings and 550+ have indicated they want to be kept informed of the progress.
Please review and feel free to download and share the PowerPoint presentation that outlines the project, its goals and the work we’ve completed so far.
Thank you for your time and efforts to help to find common ground and shape the future of Chaffee County!