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EnVISIONing Marion County

EnVISIONing Marion County

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This is a copy of the EnVISIONing Marion County Community Plan, which was organized in its final form through a grant awarded to Bill Grunkemeyer, retired Ohio State University Extension Services consultant.
This is a copy of the EnVISIONing Marion County Community Plan, which was organized in its final form through a grant awarded to Bill Grunkemeyer, retired Ohio State University Extension Services consultant.

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EnVISIONing Community Plan
Guiding the Future of the Marion Area
Produced by EnVISIONing the 21st Century
 
ABSTRACT
The EnVISIONing Community plan sets an action plan for directing the futuredevelopment of the Marion Area. Representatives from numerous organizations,agencies, community volunteers and public bodies identified goals and objectivesbased on a community wide visioning process. The process identified four themeareas critical to the growth and development of the community. These four areasinclude Economic Sustainability, Educational Sustainability, Social Sustainabilityand Environmental Sustainability. The plan is now presented to the community toassist participating organizations, agencies, citizens, businesses and publicofficials as they guide the future of the community.
 
 
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EnVISIONing Community Pla
Guiding the Future of the Marion Area
TABLE of CONTENTSI Introduction 3II Existing Conditions 5III Economic Sustainability 9IV Educational Sustainability 17V Social Sustainability 21VI Environmental Sustainability 25VII Next Steps 31VIII Acknowledgements 33
Report Produced 2013
 
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INTRODUCTION
Phase OneThe organization EnVISIONing the 21
st
Century began a communitycomprehensive planning process based on sustainability principles to establish acoordinated approach to the future development of the Marion area. The first
phase of this planning effort involved the identification of resident’s goals and
objectives through an inclusionary community information collection process. Acommunity Visioning Report was completed identifying specific items
residents’
 felt should shape the future of the Marion Community. From this list identified byresidents a number of themes emerged.Phase TwoSpecific goals and objectives were linked to the appropriate theme in a document
entitled “
Vision Direction
.”
Cooperating Partners included Envisioning the 21
st
 Century, Marion County United Way and Marion County Chamber of Commerce.This document was used to guide organizations and agencies that chose toparticipate in moving forward with the implementation of a plan. The effortresulted in a number of additional organizations and individuals who wanted tocontribute to the final development and implementation of a community plan.Phase Three Along with Phase Two Cooperating Partners, the League of Women Voters of Marion took a leadership role in organizing a community forum to assess interestand commitment to moving forward on a final community plan. Area publicofficials, organizations, agencies and interested citizens participated in thecommunity forum. It was decided to move forward with a final plan. Additionalcommunity meetings were held to revisit the Vision Direction developed in PhaseTwo and revise it to meet current community themes. Workgroups were formedaround these themes to further identify and develop goals, objectives, and actionsteps within each of four sections of the plan:
Economic Sustainability
Educational Sustainability
Social Sustainability
Environmental SustainabilityDr. James Barney gave leadership for the planning process. The four workgroups included interested citizens and professionals working within each of the four sections. Each workgroup met independently at their own pace to finalizetheir section.

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