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Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040

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Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040 is a movement based off an evolving plan created by the citizens of the Willmar Lakes Area after a lengthy consultation process with people from throughout the region via interviews, round table discussions, community chalkboards and surveys. The goal of this effort was to create a long range plan for building healthy communities where people wanted to live, work, do business and raise a family.
This resulted in a "roadmap" that identified 4 primary goals for our community through the year 2040. Work on those first four goals spawned a fifth goal - Health and Wellness.
The initial study that created the four goals was conducted in May of 2013 by a third party organization. Next Generation Consulting, who took input from citizens of the Willmar Lakes Area to determine what citizens wanted their communities to look like in the future. To move the resulting goals forward a steering committee was created and goal captains for each of the four (now five) goals were identified and host of specific initiatives were launched to achieve those goals. Your neighbors, friends, and coworkers have been working hard to achieve these goals. Learn more about these goals below.
Goal 1: Attract & Retain Goal 2: Economic Diversity Goal 3: Things To Do
Goal 4: Next-Gen Leaders Goal 5: Health & Wellness  



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Click below for specific goal progress update reports.

From our community volunteers

“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.”

Dr. Douglas Allen, Ridgewater College

“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.”

Ken Warner, Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

I am excited to make a difference and feel confident to do so!

Alumni, Inaugural Class of 2015
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