In May 2013, a team of three consultants from Next Generation Consulting visited the Willmar Lakes area and hosted 27 listening sessions with over 100 residents and leaders. The purpose of the meetings was to "get the lay of the land." Charlie Grantham, Marti Ryan, and Rebecca Ryan from Next Generation Consulting hosted meetings throughout the region, asking questions like:
The results can be found here >
Photo courtesy of Gary Miller, West Central Tribune
“I'm honored to be part of Vision 2040 and the team that is forging the future of the Willmar Lakes Area community. We are a strong vibrant community that works hard and works together through partnerships and collaborative efforts. This spark of leadership for this is caused by people willing to risk failure to reach for success. We have seen there's no limit to what a group can do if the individuals don't care who gets the credit.”
“I'm proud to volunteer and support the efforts of Vision 2040 because creating a healthy community takes a collabortive effort. No one person or entity can create a community where people want to live and work and play, but working together we can create it. Vision 2040 started with an inclusive effort to bring together people from across our region to articulate their vision of the future of our region's communities. The goals that emerged from that vision offer everyone the opportunity to share in the collaborative work necessary to create a healthy and vibrant region--and that's a good thing for all of us.”
I am excited to make a difference and feel confident to do so!