Imagine Fox Cities, a new, inclusive community-wide initiative, has launched with the mission of shaping the future of the Fox Cities to improve individual and collective well-being. Many communities define well-being differently, but common threads include access to housing, safety, health care and lifelong learning.
The initiative was created by community members, for the community, and will be an ongoing effort to ensure the Fox Cities maintains or improves what is valued, with an eye on the future. After identifying opportunities for improvement, Imagine Fox Cities will move forward on developing a collaborative, comprehensive community action plan including a framework for future decisions based on identified shared values.
“We are in the discovery phase, which means that the community’s input is needed as we recognize the many interdependencies of neighborhoods, generations, diversity, values and aspirations,” said Beth Flaherty, co-chair of Imagine Fox Cities. “This is a completely open process, meaning, there are no preconceived notions of where we need to be or what we need to do other than focusing on making the Fox Cities an even more attractive place to live, work and grow old.”
Over the next few weeks, Imagine Fox Cities will host several community conversations as well as have online surveys available so community members can help define what “well-being” in the Fox Cities means to those who live, work and go to school here.
The Imagine Fox Cities process includes four phases: engaging and discovery, discerning and reflecting, convening and action. Throughout the process, Imagine Fox Cities hopes to engage with new leaders and voices. Imagine Fox Cities will share common themes it finds from the collected data once it is compiled at a summit later this summer.
For more information or to learn about attending a community conversation or filling out a survey, please visit imaginefoxcities.com.