Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and Leadership Evansville Executive Director Lynn Miller Pease report that Evansville VOICE is still in the gathering stage of collecting citizens' visions and scheduling additional VOICE sessions.
VOICE is Evansville's community-wide, citizen-driven vision process that allows community members to share their ideas, hopes and visions for Evansville's preferred future.
Over the last 10 VOICE sessions, we have heard over 300 visions of what the citizens of our community want for Evansville's future.
Of these 300 visions, many common themes have emerged from the sessions, such as: revitalizing downtown and the riverfront, more focus on sustainability and the environment, additional parks, greenways, walking and bike paths and embracing our community as a regional hub.
All visions from the VOICE sessions have been recorded and published on the VOICE website.
"I enjoy the sessions, because it is nice to meet others that care about the community. Every session that I've attended is different, because everyone has a slightly different perspective of the community," said participant Phyllip Davis. "It's also nice to hear people express their ideas in a positive forum that encourages collaboration and creative thinking for the betterment of our community."
New VOICE sessions are quickly approaching, and we encourage all to attend.
Friday, November 30 @ Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana 4:30- 6:30 p.m.
o Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres catered by Acropolis immediately following the session in the Arts Council gallery
Wednesday, December 5 @ St. Lucas United Church of Christ 3- 5 p.m.
VOICE sessions will continue into the New Year, as we are still trying to reach out to all stakeholders in our community. After we hear everyone's voice, the next stage will be to analyze all of the information and report back to the public to ensure we correctly heard their visions for Evansville's future. Then, common themes and ideas will be grouped by topic area to serve guidance for those organizations, businesses, universities, individuals and government bodies with interest in that topic to move forward with further research and planning toward a common goal.
Now all we need is you. Participate. Because it takes all of us to create our shared future.
Through facilitated sessions, VOICE aims to bring together diverse members of the community to discuss their dreams for Evansville in an open forum. The facilitation is led in such a way that respectful conversations will occur, all voices will be heard, and opinions will be documented, ensuring that the entire community has the opportunity to take part in creating a desired future.
Since 1977, Leadership Evansville has been known for its superior processes and excellence in facilitation and leadership in the community. Its programming is researched, tested, evaluated, and refined. It continues to be emulated by leadership programs around the country because it is at the forefront of best practices. The LE facilitation method brings together people with different talents, gifts, and perspectives leaders committed to using diversity and creativity for the betterment of the community. It encourages individuals to make a commitment to create a better community, and to take responsibility for making sustainable changes. These attitudes, skills, and processes are taught to adults, youth, organizations, not-for-profits, businesses, educational institutions, neighborhood associations, churches, and other leadership programs. LE's most recent projects include facilitations for the Glenwood Leadership Academy, Indiana Supreme Court Commission on Race and Gender Fairness, and the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana.
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