Our Valley Our Future

Seeking lead partners for new Five-year Action Plan

Our Valley Our Future is seeking lead partners to champion the implementation of projects and programs featured in the nonprofit organization’s upcoming new regional Action Plan.

The lead (or co-lead) partners can be a nonprofit organization, community group, business, or local government.

 A list of available projects and programs can be found at www.ourvalleyourfuture.org or at http://www.ourvalleyourfuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/OVOF-2022-2.... After reviewing the list, those interested in serving as a lead partner or co-lead partner can contact Our Valley Our Future at info@ourvalleyourfuture.org for more information. All projects and programs are in draft form pending final Action Plan publication.

The new Action Plan, for the years 2022-26, will officially be released in March and replaces the community’s first plan (2017-21). The release will culminate a 14-month process in which approximately 2,000 community members weighed in on the region’s strengths, weaknesses and challenges, and what they envision for the future.

All of the projects and programs, including large-scale initiatives known as “game changers,” originated as suggestions by community members during OVOF’s outreach work in 2021. The ideas were then vetted, refined and turned into action items by six OVOF Action Teams whose 82 members represented numerous organizations and areas of expertise.

The OVOF Board of Directors approved the final list of projects and programs.

During the input gathering process, community members cited adapting to growth, developing more housing, creating more living-wage jobs, preparing for future natural disasters and emergencies, bridging community divides, responding to inequities magnified by the pandemic, and improving education as the biggest challenges for the region over the next several years.
OVOF, founded in 2015, is a nonprofit organization that brings together residents and organizations to improve the region’s quality of life. Its guiding document is its Action Plan. OVOF serves as convener, facilitator, data-collector, planner and communicator in furthering the community’s vision.

 

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