Vision 2020 voting ends Dec. 31

Published 4:00 pm Saturday, December 24, 2011

The holidays are here, but there is still time to vote for the ideas to improve Austin.

Vision2020’s ballot and list of 91 ideas for Austin’s future are still up at Voting ends Dec. 31.

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Paper ballots can be picked up at the Austin Daily Herald, the Austin Public Library and the Austin Chamber of Commerce office.

The top 91 ideas were selected from more than 4,000 ideas.

Laura Helle, Vision 2020 steering committee member, describes the process picking the top ideas as “respectful of all ideas.”

“The Idea Selection Committee worked within the framework of the ideas as submitted and had great respect for the unique nuances of each person’s submission,” she said in a news release.

The committee discussed how the different ideas in the same subject area would take Austin’s future in different directions.

Committee members said they put out a quality list of 91 ideas for the community to consider.

The Idea Selection Committee consists of high school and college students, working adults and retirees. Austin’s racial and ethnic diversity are also represented.

“This group is very dedicated to the future of Austin and takes their job very seriously” Helle said.

Consultant Pam Bishop was hired to help the Idea Selection Committee narrow the list of ideas.

All 4,000 ideas are listed at Individuals and organizations are encouraged to develop ideas, even those that weren’t selected as the top 91.

“The public has been incredibly supportive of this process,” Helle said. “The creativity and dedication of the community has far exceeded expectations. I hope to see lots of votes come in during this last week of voting.”

For more information contact Laura Helle at the Historic Hormel Home at 433-4243 or via email at