Online Regional VOICE Session Outcomes
View aggregate data from the online Regional VOICE session below.
This data is updated twice a month or on a weekly basis, depending on the volume of session completions.
Visions of the Future
In our region’s future, everyone has a real awareness for the role he/she plays in the family, church, school, job, neighborhood and larger community in which he/she belongs. Individuals value the skills others possess and the importance of each skill set to the overall progress of the community. Compromise exists without sacrificing one’s personal, religious and family values when community decisions are made. A real appreciation for all occupations that make our way of life possible and enjoyable is demonstrated by our educational institutions. Recognition of differences as a strength and a desire to understand while rallying together around shared values of family, religion and individual responsibility to move our community and culture forward can be seen in the work being performed throughout the region’s five counties. Appreciation for change that makes lives easier and allows for the advancement of our region and on a broader scale our state and nation guides collaboration on large scale projects in our region. With an eye to the future, our region lifts up our shared history in both the struggles that have shaped us and the successes that propel us forward!!
Today: Define our region’s shared values and traditions.
In 6 months to 1 year: Create regional projects that break the rural/city divide and promote collaboration.
In 3-5 years: Host Regional Celebrations that display the strengths of individual counties and communities.
In 10 years: Demonstrate regional collaboration among all areas of our lives. (Education, Healthcare, Recreation)
Connection with rural areas and their access to fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and supporting the urban areas with local produce.
A thriving community where children have access to multiple different types of learning in farming, manufacturing, corporate and other settings. This would allow them to learn and enhance opportunities for our community to grow.
More visibility for local communities to know where to support the greatest need in the entire region.
A lively community with green spaces everywhere you look and plenty of things to do. Poor neighborhoods are restored and given as much attention as other areas of the city. Downtown Evansville is a hub of excitement and beauty where you feel safe. Local businesses are thriving and giving back to the community.
A community where rich, poor, black, white, native, or newcomer see themselves FIRST as Hendersonians. And quit saying that any one group ” matters” more than the other. We all need each other to make “our wheels turn” You can’t do it, but I wish we all lived like every street was ” our neighborhood “
Peace and love
I want there to be more focus given to the smaller towns, to identify and address our needs. Often, we don’t receive the attention or funding needed to keep up with the larger metropolitan areas. Although we have a great mayor who has identified needs and resources to make projects happen, it would be great to more engagement within local organizations and groups to band together and pool resources.
Today: Pride in community, awareness of partners
In 6 months to 1 year: Civic engagement, collective visioning, more art
In 3-5 years: Elevating small businesses, better air quality and health, better retention of locals after graduation
In 10 years: Better housing options, better connectivity
I envision a community with more trees. Which in turn, brings less stress, less heat, happier people, less crime, healthier lives. Trees can answer more than we give them credit to answer.
Increased opportunities with sustainable wage jobs and improved housing.
A future w/ more community engagement activities & opportunities. Not just fairs and festivals, but also healthy activities. More clear signage for the outdoor recreation opportunities in the county. A YMCA and other facilities widely accessible to all. More housing opportunities for all income levels. Beautification/preservation would be priorities. Education would continue to be supported/enhanced. Basic services available, such as internet and public transportation would be available for all residents.
Today: Opening people to opportunities
In 6 months to 1 year: YMCA, Beautification/Preservation, Recreation
In 3-5 years: Internet for all, housing
In 10 years: Inclusion and acceptance for all
People throughout the region have access to excellent affordable healthcare, internet, and pay equity.
In 3-5 years: Internet region-wide
In 10 years: Excellent affordable healthcare
For the Tri-State region I’d prefer a growing population spurred on by job opportunities in multiple business sectors and supported by comprehensive and effective education programs that promote both college and other secondary pursuits as well as quality certification offerings for skilled labor and other hands-on professions. I’d prefer even-more-diverse entertainment and dining attractions. I’d prefer the completion of the I-69 bridge so that our region becomes even more connected and helps folks in each county see themselves as an integral part of a metro area and not an island that must assert its independence from our region in order to be seen as being successful by its residents.
Today: Even-more-diverse entertainment and dining options.
In 3-5 years: Comprehensive education programs
In 10 years: Completion of the I-69 bridge, regional connectedness
I envision our city being an official Certified Autism City. What this will look like is our Educator’s, health care systems, tourist destinations/entertainment facilities, public safety and emergency services, etc. will all come together to understand how to work with those on the Autism spectrum. Workers and volunteers will be trained on de-escalation techniques, how to customize services so it’s sensory-friendly, etc. This could also come with an increase in ABA centers and Autism friendly childcare. I also envision our city establishing more mental health resources that are affordable and obtainable. Along with this will come an increased awareness and education of mental disorders so that those who suffer from them can feel accommodated. I envision the stigmatism that comes with mental health disorders will be eliminated through proper education as well as limiting self-diagnosis culture. I believe if more services are readily available, people will be able to obtain an actual diagnosis and resources, instead of assuming they have these issues and living their life based on inaccurate information.
Today: The process has started to raise awareness and come together as a community.
In 6 months to 1 year: Resource fairs, nonprofit communities, etc. will be established
In 3-5 years: Less people will be homeless, crime rate will start to fall, suicide rate will improve, more people will be able to obtain the resources needed to live healthier lives
In 10 years: Homelessness will be elevated, more jobs will be obtained, people with mental and/or IDD will feel accommodated, emergency responders will know how to de-escalate those who are Autistic or experiencing a mental breakdown and there will be less arrests, decreased crime rate
Equal opportunities for all members of our community. Improving housing and increasing levels of diversity in leadership roles of local government. It is imperative that we figure out ways to bring people from diverse backgrounds into our community and that we develop ways and means to retain them. Our community has to do a better job of understanding what “inclusiveness” really means. That has not happened!
Today: More open dialogue
In 6 months to 1 year: Greater understanding of what our community lacks.
In 3-5 years: Clear picture of a community that embraces equality/inclusion/diversity.
In 10 years: A community that is a great place to live, raise children and grow.
A place connected by trails and technology
My ideal future is be able to be in a position where I can give back to the community. To serve and be heard, but also to help other be heard. But also, be stable enough to help my family economically.
Today: cultural engagement events
In 6 months to one year: more housing
In 3-5 years: more employment opportunities to fight poverty
In 10 years: reduction of racism and stereotyping
My preferred future will involve more people being outside; this could be biking, running, walking, playing a sport, having a picnic, laying a hammock, fishing, picking up trash, or working on the exterior of their home. People will not be afraid to travel or walk through various parts of Evansville and everyone smiles as you pass people on their way. All of the businesses that are currently struggling due to COVID-19 or other reasons are now flourishing and more people are shopping locally. Lastly, the preferred future will provide teachers and other academic leaders with more resources to better educate our future generations.
Today: I think that starting today, more people can shop local and better support the surrounding counties.
In 6 months to 1 year: Between 6 months to 1 year, I think that more people could take advantage of the trails and walkways around Evansville.
In 3-5 years: In 3-5 years, I think that all businesses will be fully recovered from the hard times they experienced during COVID-19.
In 10 years: In 10 years I think that schools will have more resources to educate children.
A Henderson community with even more opportunities for young professionals to return home and find appropriate employment.
Today: Possibilities for native Hendersonians to return home and work remotely in their current occupation.
In 6 months to 1 year: Resumption of litter cleanup along local highways by jail inmates after Covid pandemic ends.
In 3-5 years: Creation of more public parks or pocket parks.
In 10 years: Interstate 69 bridge
I would like to see a riverfront like Owensboro.