Valparaiso Residents Asked to Imagine City’s Future
February 24th – The city of Valparaiso is launching what it calls a community-wide visioning initiative. Valpo Next is designed to help the city build a plan for development over the next 20 to 30 years. The program launches this week with a series of Big Idea Workshops which ask residents to answer the question “What do you want Valpo to look like in 10, 20 or 30 years?”
“This is a chance for the entire community to come together and decide where we want to see our city in the future,” says Matt Evans, co-chair of the Valpo Next committee. “Together we want to set goals and decide how to allocate resources. We want to know what people are excited about.” Valpo Next is led by a steering committee of more than 40 community volunteers.
Elizabeth Lynn, co-chair of Valpo Next, describes the workshops as part presentation, part brainstorm, and part small-group discussions. “We won’t be lecturing,” says Lynn. “We’ll be listening. We want to hear ideas both big and small.”
The plan, which may include three “buckets” — projects, programs, and policies, is expected to be complete by late summer.
The Big Idea Workshops will take place at the following times at locations. Each workshop will share the same format.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
1600 Roosevelt Road
(Entry 7 and 8)
157 Lafayette Street
(Enter north or south, parking at Von Tobel’s)
Valparaiso High School
2727 N. Campbell Street
(Entry 9 and 10)