VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso community is encouraged to share ideas for the city's future at upcoming Big Idea workshops scheduled Feb. 24 to 26.
“We believe that thousands of heads are better than one, so we’re excited to gather people together to share their ideas for the future,” Mayor Jon Costas said.
The Big Idea workshops are the first step in the Valpo Next visioning initiative, designed to create a plan for the city’s next decades. The workshops will gather big ideas, which will be further refined in coming months.
“Good planning has led to our success over the past five to eight years, and it’s also helped us to gain more than $85 million in state and federal grants to help transform our city. The Valpo Next visioning project is an opportunity for the community to work together to define what’s next,” Costas said.
Valpo Next begins with gathering people to share ideas. Though the city is managing and funding the process, it’s meant to be a communitywide process, involving people of all ages and interests. The visioning process will culminate late in 2014 with a blueprint for the community’s future, defining where the community wants to go and how it plans to get there.
Visit the project website at www.valponext.org or on Facebook at Valpo Next.
The following meetings are scheduled:
• 5-7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 1600 Roosevelt Road
• Noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Grace Chapel, 157 Lafayette St.
• 7-9 p.m. Feb. 26 at Valparaiso High School, 2727 N. Campbell St.