By Patrick Lynn
Public input is being sought on the future of Stevens Point.
Stevens Point this week announced a new strategic planning process based on public input. In partnership with CREATE and Clive, Iowa-based Alchemy Community Transformations, the seven-month planning process will “address local challenges and develop a vision for the future,” according to a news release from the city.
The goal is to help the city spur economic development and population growth by creating “cultural and entrepreneurial amenities, concepts, and catalytic projects,” the news release said.
The process will include “community visioning” and stakeholder outreach, a quantitative and qualitative community assessment, strategic plan development, and finally, implementation objectives and recommendations.
Once complete, the data will be published on a custom website, including all information gathered, the full action plan with steps for implementation, and appendices with custom business models.
The community visioning and stakeholder outreach phase will begin with an online survey designed for Stevens Point residents and stakeholders, so they can share their perspective on the city and its future.
Two community visioning sessions will also be held next week. The virtual Zoom meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 5-6 p.m., and on Thursday, Aug. 6, 8-9 a.m. The public is strongly encouraged to attend and participate.
To participate in the Zoom meetings:
At the prompt, dial meeting ID: 862 9722 9499#
Press # again to be a participant in the meeting
Hold until the meeting starts
Go to www.zoom.us
Click “Join a Meeting” in the upper right-hand corner
Enter Meeting ID: 862 9722 9499
If you haven’t downloaded the Zoom program, do so now