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Vision 2020 ‘big reveal’ Wednesday

Published 11:05am Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Leaders of Vision 2020 — a grassroots community betterment project launched in 2011 looking for 10 ideas to implement by 2020 — will unveil their final 10 initiatives during the “Big Reveal” tonight at the Hormel Historic Home. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with free food and a social, followed by opening remarks from Gary Ray, Vision 2020 chair, at 6 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., members of the idea selection committee will unveil the top 10 ideas.

Community members will hear how the selection committee made their choices and how they can get involved.

The Vision 2020 process began in fall 2011 with community members submitting over 4,000 ideas. The idea selection committee narrowed those to 91, and in December the public voted and narrowed the list to 30. The idea selection committee has been working since January on the 10 vision statements they will release at the Big Reveal.

For more information, contact the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-437-4561.

Word on the street: The Herald asked the public what Austin should do to improve.

Connie Johnson

Clean the Cedar River: “Because I kayak, and the [Cedar] River is it in Austin, unless you want to kayak in East Side Lake. And it is a fun river, if it would be cleaned up a little.”

Lindsey Williamson

“There could be the youth center, having more things to do. Because it would pull away from the negative things, like drugs.”

Mel Morem

“One of my top selections was bring more arts and entertainment — and developing downtown into more of an art, food and entertainment focus.

Dawn Helgeson

“I just think that anything they decide on, I hope that it would be for kids in the community. Kids are busy in school and everything, but they have to have fun, too.”

Chris Yost

“There are a lot of things that Austin or the city council, citizens could do to improve Austin. But I think the youth is my biggest priority. If we don’t reach our youth now, what are we going to do when they are 20, 30, 40 years old?”

Chris Grev

“One of my favorites was the youth’s recreation center because I think there is a real shortage of property space for our youths, teenagers, to have access to.”

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