PAVING THE WAY FOR A THRIVING COMMUNITY
In October 2019, more than 300 people from across the Fox Cities participated in a Community Summit to hear about a new visioning effort called Imagine Fox Cities. Information about what was learned from a well-being survey and community conversations prior to the summit was shared, and revealed in the community’s living vision for the future. Below are the four pillars of the IFC Living Vision based off of the Vital Conditions that contribute to well-being.
“Our Aim is to advance the Well-Being of Our Place and the Well-Being of Our People… to create the conditions that allow each person who calls this place home the opportunity to reach their full potential. We dare to imagine, and endeavor to realize, a shared future that leads to greater flourishing—for this generation and the next.”
Parents and families of all forms feel supported and equipped to fulfill their essential role. All kids in the Fox Cities have access to quality schools that foster their intellectual, emotional, and social skills. Young people who grow up here know what it is like to be raised and cared for by the village.
Strong and diverse economic environment. Traditional industries, small businesses and entrepreneurs benefit from a strong and well-prepared workforce. They reciprocate by providing healthy work environments and livable wages—ensuring all community members can afford basic needs, including humane housing, healthy food, and insurance. Strong regional collaboration across municipalities, villages, and counties ensures a physical infrastructure and essential services to bolster sustainable economic growth.
Where we feel a strong sense of community and deep connection. It is a hallmark of life here, why people come and stay. We have a smaller town feel with the openness and cultural amenities that rival those of larger metropolitan areas; the variety of cultural attractions reflects the diversity and diverse interests of the population. Our widely used and strongly supported trails, parks, and civic spaces bring our distinctive towns and villages together.
Visible culture of caring, generosity, and compassion. Ours is a community where helping each other is habitual—as mentors, as neighbors, as volunteers. When in need, there are support systems and people eager to help. Newcomers feel welcome here. In fact, people from all walks, races, gender identities, and ages feel respected and included here. Ours is a place where people who never leave have no regrets and those who do are constantly tempted to come home!