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Vision North Iowa plans community workshops

Vision North Iowa plans community workshops

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From right, Dean, Marcia and Matt Sonquist, of Garner, fill out a survey for Vision North Iowa at Pro's Sandwich Shop in March. Volunteers with Vision North Iowa visited several businesses, encouraging patrons to fill out surveys to give their ideas on how to make North Iowa prosper.

MASON CITY | Vision North Iowa representatives will hold a series of workshops this month in their continuing effort to gain insight from North Iowa residents on their vision for the future.

"The aim of the workshops is to build consensus, understand community values, and create a shared vision for North Iowa’s economic future," said Chad Schreck, president of the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corp.

He said input received during the workshops will be used to guide development of the Vision North Iowa economic development strategic plan. It will be published later this year and will outline goals and strategies to strengthen the regional economy, said Schreck.

He said the plan will also be supported by an implementation strategy outlining the tools needed to effectively execute the recommendations.

“Our objective is to find out more about what economic issues matter most to North Iowans, and how best to work together as a community to address those issues. We want to hear from as many as possible in the community so we are aligned around a common set of guiding principles, values, and goals,” said Schreck

The workshops will be at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake on June 13 and The Main Event, 112 Second St. S.E. in Mason City, on June 14. There will be two time slots to choose from each day: noon to 2 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m.

Those planning to attend are asked to register at www.visionnorthiowa.com and click on the “register” link. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis with the first 100 for each session guaranteed a spot.

Additional workshops may be scheduled to accommodate overflow, Schreck said. Those registered will receive an agenda and additional information to prepare for the events.

Call 641-423-0315 for more information. 

Vision North Iowa is an initiative of the North Iowa Corridor EDC, Mason City and Clear Lake chambers of commerce and several community partners working with TIP Strategies, a consulting firm based in Seattle.

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