Vision 2020 is looking for volunteers for each of the 10 ideas. To participate, show up at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at Frank W. Bridges Theatre on the Riverland Community College campus.

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Vision 2020 eyeing more help

Published 8:42am Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The next step begins this week.

Vision 2020 is calling on volunteers to help shape the top 10 Vision 2020 Ideas at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre inside Riverland Community College.

“It’s very exciting,” said Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt, executive director of the United Way of Mower County and Vision 2020 organizer. “It’s nice to see a project run just like clockwork.”

Vision 2020 — a grassroots community betterment project launched in 2011 looking for 10 ideas to implement by 2020 — announced the top 10 Ideas earlier this month. The list, which event chair Gary Ray said were categorized into “bucket lists,” encompasses the gamut of community improvement. The group split the top 10 into several lists: business development and attractions with a “gateway to Austin attraction,” the “revitalization of the Austin Utilities building,” a “business friendly environment” and making “downtown Austin a destination point”; health and recreation with an “expanded bike/walk system” and a “community recreational center”; technology with “community wide technology”; education with “education leaders”; clean water by “embracing and maintaining waterways”; and pride with “community pride and spirit.”

Volunteers will listen to a general presentation before breaking into groups to decide how each project will come to fruition by 2020.

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