Online Regional VOICE Session Outcomes

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Participant Demographics

Participant Passions

Carry Forward 

Leave Behind

Visions of the Future

Happy, and peaceful city. More events for all types of people to attend, more opportunities, and jobs that are diversified to fit different individuals. Respect for ALL holidays for all cultures. A nice healthy planet. Multiple community places to host events or people to just hang out and network. A less violent and peaceful atmosphere. Overall just great respect for all individuals, the earth, ourselves and work toward being our best selves in the process.
Be part of the change you wish to see(:

Today: Its earth day today, pick up some litter outside and put it in the trash. Smile and open a door for a stranger.

In 6 months to 1 year: Speak at an open workshop, on why mindfulness and kindness is important.

In 3-5 years: Travel to different areas and speak on what they need to evolve themselves and their community.

In 10 years: So many opportunities and people reached at this point, just keep going in any way possible.

 

I would love to live in an Evansville that is not afraid of change. Where diversity is welcomed, respected, and enjoyed. Where being different will mean you are enriching the community. I would love to see a vibrant city with delicious foods from around the world, where different languages can be heard, where we can enjoy fine arts of around the world. A city that respects cultural differences, gets to understand them, and even enjoy them! I would love for our city to realize how people from other countries have come to enrich our cities. To realize their doctors with the “funny” last names probably came from a foreign country and not just brought their knowledge of medicine, they brought history, art, food, family-values, customs, and traditions. And just like the doctors there are many scientists that are working in the factories, those that came to work in the fields, in construction and other jobs. I envision a vivacious city where all feal safe, happy, respected and are given a platform to express their differences, so all can get to learn and enjoy them.

Today: Giving people of different cultures a platform to express themselves.

In 6 months to 1 year: Making a few Evansvillians aware of the cultural changes in our city, through festivals and library programs.

In 3-5 years: Supporting more organizations that foster the cultural change.

In 10 years: A Cultural Center where organizations, like the Festival of Nations can be housed and be present year-round.

 

INCORPORATE ELDERLY WITHIN THE SCHOOLS. MAKE AN AREA WHERE THE CHILDREN GO WEEKLY TO INTERACT WITH THE ELDERLY. This will enable the elderly to feel included, needed,and also wanted. The young children will learn respect and feel needed towards the elderly. I would like to see the SEL program removed from the individual schools. There is a need and should be implemented individually when needed. Lets involve community with our children which will enable them to feel more included and needed. The EVSC and the VCSO should work together and be one for the community. I would like to see the community become more involved with the students in every aspect available. I also would like to see hired, employed, health care advocates available to our seniors. I come from the healthcare community, retired, then worked at EVSC for a retirement job. I have seen so many things from both sides. WE need to get these two diverse age groups together. The combination would be magical. During cafe time the young children often need help with opening things. As they grow they need less help. I find myself walking around asking if anyone needs any help and sometimes I have to say…Throw this grandmaw a bone, let me open something!

Today: All of it!! I am positive!

In 6 months to 1 year: All of it!

In 3-5 years: More incorporation and further expansion.

In 10 years: I see the former youth adding to the program as they remember how much it all helped them. Pay it forward.

 

INCORPORATE ELDERLY WITHIN THE SCHOOLS. MAKE AN AREA WHERE THE CHILDREN GO WEEKLY TO INTERACT WITH THE ELDERLY. This will enable the elderly to feel included, needed,and also wanted. The young children will learn respect and feel needed towards the elderly. I would like to see the SEL program removed from the individual schools. There is a need and should be implemented individually when needed. Lets involve community with our children which will enable them to feel more included and needed. The EVSC and the VCSO should work together and be one for the community. I would like to see the community become more involved with the students in every aspect available. I also would like to see hired, employed, health care advocates available to our seniors. I come from the healthcare community, retired, then worked at EVSC for a retirement job. I have seen so many things from both sides. WE need to get these two diverse age groups together. The combination would be magical. During cafe time the young children often need help with opening things. As they grow they need less help. I find myself walking around asking if anyone needs any help and sometimes I have to say…Throw this grandmaw a bone, let me open something!

Today: All of it!! I am positive!

In 6 months to 1 year: All of it!

In 3-5 years: More incorporation and further expansion.

In 10 years: I see the former youth adding to the program as they remember how much it all helped them. Pay it forward.

 

Continue to offer more Allegiant flights throughout the US. Great way to travel cheaply. Develop airport so more economical to travel outside of Allegiant

Today: Allegiant offering more flights

In 6 months to 1 year: 

In 3-5 years:

In 10 years: 

 

I would like to see continued support of our smaller shopping and entertainment areas, like the Franklin Street area, Main street downtown, north Main and Newburgh’s riverfront area. These areas offer a unique experience for locals and out-of-town visitors too.

I also believe the area can support an outdoor amphitheater. Nothing too grand, but that accommodates several thousand guests.

I’d like to see continued implementation of environmentally friendly energy sources and elimination of those sources that pollute our environment.

Affordable healthcare is needed. I’d like to see some competition for St. Vincent and Deaconess. Healthcare costs in our region seem to be higher than in many other geographic areas.

Today: The first item listed above

In 6 months to 1 year: The second thought listed above and number three above as well

In 3-5 years:Number 4 above

In 10 years: 

 

More public safety entities; More parks/ greenspace; More west side recreations (i.e. gyms, parks, sports complex); Free public transportation and a free zoo (like STL)

Today:

In 6 months to 1 year: 

In 3-5 years: All

In 10 years: 

 

High speed public transportation. More environmental awareness. More recycling opportunities. Better communication about what is going on in the area and what is available.

Today: communication

In 6 months to 1 year: recycling opportunities

In 3-5 years: 

In 10 years: High speed public transportation

 

We harness our attention and the political will to solve the urgent problems that we know how to solve. For instance, instead of prioritizing low taxes for middle- and upper-class residents, we prioritize ensuring every single one of our neighbors has a home. We should live in a community where no one is homeless or hungry. We have the means to ensure that our neighbors have sufficient shelter and food. In this future, where our most vulnerable and marginalized neighbors have their basic needs met, then they (along with our more privileged neighbors) can all enjoy the connectivity, green space, and communication systems we’ve built.

Today: We could reprioritize our taxes and budgets now.

In 6 months to 1 year: We are making progress toward ending homelessness and hunger.

In 3-5 years: Everyone has a home and sufficient nutritious food.

In 10 years: We don’t live in a community where we have to willfully ignore the abject suffering of our neighbors.

 

Complete acceptance of all races, abilities, genders, religions; Healthy, affordable living spaces; high-quality public education; expanded public transportation; preschool and day care for all families; access to health care for all people

Today: None.

In 6 months to 1 year: None.

In 3-5 years: Improved public education

In 10 years: More affordable housing

 

I day dream of living in a diverse community (our entire area) where each of us can be a credit to that community – drug and substance free, well kept homes no matter how humble – with a genuine love of our God and Constitutional rights and freedoms. I want to see our parks beautifully landscaped and cared for, filled with families who feel safe and have access to nature. First and foremost I want our churches to be open and welcoming to all.

I think we’re almost there because I love Jacobsville and know that the hard work that is taking place by the Dream Center and the Jacobsville Neighbor Improvement Association is paying off in myriad ways.

Today: Most of my “vision” is possible.

In 6 months to 1 year: Let’s get to work on it.

In 3-5 years: Almost complete.

In 10 years: Tah DAH!!

 

That a Sustainability Officer be hired for our city/county/region. That the community be encouraged to work together to mitigate and adapt to climate change. That this be a safe, attractive community with good green space & trail systems. That a driverless Electric Vehicle (EV) ride-share program be initiated. That a strong network of EV charging stations be made available. That our state legislators be moved to support bills pro-renewable energy, net metering, allowing power purchase agreements, and developing a statewide climate action plan. That our community provide a low-interest grant program for homeowners to incorporate renewable-energy and energy-efficiency components into their homes. That our utility company be less focused on profits for its shareholders and more focused on community well-being and sustainability, such as allowing solar micro-grids and supporting more net metering for its customers. That trees & flowers be planted throughout our community, for visual pleasure, carbon sequestration, & support of pollinators. That homeowners be encouraged to turn their lawns instead into pollinating gardens & tree plantings. That countywide yard waste composting be enacted.

Today: That the community be encouraged to work together to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

In 6 months to 1 year: That a Sustainability Officer be hired for our city/county/region.

In 3-5 years: That this be a safe, attractive community with good green space & trail systems. That a driverless Electric Vehicle (EV) ride-share program be initiated. That a strong network of EV charging stations be made available. That our state legislators be moved to support bills pro-renewable energy, net metering, allowing power purchase agreements, and developing a statewide climate action plan. That our community provide a low-interest grant program for homeowners to incorporate renewable-energy and energy-efficiency components into their homes. That our utility company be less focused on profits for its shareholders and more focused on community well-being and sustainability, such as allowing solar micro-grids and supporting more net metering for its customers. That trees & flowers be planted throughout our community, for visual pleasure, carbon sequestration, & support of pollinators. That homeowners be encouraged to turn their lawns instead into pollinating gardens & tree plantings. That countywide yard waste composting be enacted.

In 10 years: 

 

small local businesses thrive; people aren’t judged by their beliefs or political affiliations; differences are celebrated, not feared or frowned upon; skillful dialogue is practiced and embraced instead of raw debate; we live healthier lifestyles

Today: none

In 6 months to 1 year: small local businesses thrive, we live healthier lifestyles

In 3-5 years: differences are celebrated, not feared or frowned upon, skillful dialogue is practiced and embraced instead of raw debate

In 10 years: people aren’t judged by their beliefs or political affiliations

 

Affordable childcare and educational resources for families. Also safe housing for victims of abuse. A place full of welcoming understanding and respect.

Today: Respect

In 6 months to 1 year: 

In 3-5 years: 

In 10 years: 

 

I would love for all people who live in apartment complexes to have access to recycling.

Today: Recycling

In 6 months to 1 year: Recycling to all apartment complexes

In 3-5 years: End to food insecurity

In 10 years: End to prejudice

 

Public school have adapted to better need individual needs of students. Families stay together for the long term benefit of all. When people need support (mental health, education, food, etc.), they can access it quickly and easily. Churches lead the way in providing needed support to individuals and families. All people enjoy healthy alternatives to drug abuse.

Today: People can reach out for help, but it might not be easy.

In 6 months to 1 year: Local school corporations need to consider alternate schedules for the next school year. For example, Seniors usually don’t need seven classes.

In 3-5 years: Churches continue to implement counseling services (including financial counseling) at low costs.

In 10 years: 

 

More family-friendly activities to do, more bright areas to bring happiness. More collaboration and leadership groups for the community.

Today: More bright areas.

In 6 months to 1 year: Leadership groups starting up.

In 3-5 years: Leadership groups growing, and family friendly activities being planned and implemented.

In 10 years: Leadership groups have been running efficiently, and the community is running better.

 

Youth are outside having fun in a safe environment. Young adults are walking, riding bikes, and enjoying the community. The elderly are in safe and clean living environments. Jobs are plentiful because the region is business-friendly and citizens are trained and energized. We have more trails and outdoor events. We have a professional sports team to build even more unity. The downtown is thriving and the riverfront is attractive.

Today: Continue the great work in the Downtown area. It is really improving.

In 6 months to 1 year: Identifying opportunities to attract jobs; working on keeping costs/taxes in the region down.

In 3-5 years: Attracting more business and jobs; training/educating citizens for future roles.

In 10 years: All of the above.

 

Continue to expand the area with a strategic vision more master plan communities think big, add corporate friendly and tax attractive environment, build a very large airport. Learn form what has made Nashville such an attractive area to move into.

Today: Strategic planification for future expansion of the area.

In 6 months to 1 year: Corporate friendly areas.

In 3-5 years: Airport expansion.

 

Access to internet for all. Pre K education for all. More paths beyond college degrees to achieve the dream. Progress on inclusion & diversity where equity & liberation are reached. Broader access to healthcare especially for the under insured. More trails and outdoor events. More entertainment events (NBA games, concerts etc) in the large centres. Affordable childcare that makes it profitable for families to work. Compulsory waste sorting (e.g. recycleable materials versus biological materials).

Today: 10%

In 6 months to 1 year: 25%

In 3-5 years: Half

In 10 years: All

 

Collaborative community that leverages our strengths and differences to build a brighter future. We focus more on bringing communities and people together rather than finding reasons to be divided. We all work together to make the community better.

Today: That is difficult to answer given the current division in our country

In 6 months to 1 year: That is difficult to answer given the current division in our country

In 3-5 years: That is difficult to answer given the current division in our country

In 10 years: That is difficult to answer given the current division in our country

 

A region that values family and community. A region that has a multitude of activities for persons to be active and explore the outdoors. A region that is stricter on crime and is respected nationally for our low crime rates and safety. A region where education is valued and respected. A region where citizens have active participation in their school system and community investments. A region where inclusion and diversity does not mean favoritism for any group; that we stop talking in terms of demographics but in values, a shared vision. A region where kids and families do not need to seek employment elsewhere because employers seek the area for talent and work ethic. A region that is recognized and respected.

Today: End divisive rhetoric and work towards shared values

In 6 months to 1 year: Reduction in crime rates (weekly KPI shared on news, harsher penalties, clean up the streets!)

In 3-5 years: Continue enhanced downtown revitalization but make it safe

In 10 years: New riverfront plans. Instead of a rock bank that collects trash, wall up next to levee and add sporting courts such as basketball, pickleball, tennis, volleyball, handball etc.. The flow of the river around the bend drops debris, looks terrible! Purchase Mulzer and add townhomes and condos towards pigeon creek. Install a water treatment facility to clean up pigeon creek and begin to use as a recreation source for paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking.

 

I hope, dream and work for the Region of South West Indiana to become an area that welcomes a diverse group, encourages them to reach their full potential through resources of education; cultural opportunities; and the support of family, faith and friends.

Today: cultural opportunities and collaboration among different faith groups and educational sysytems

In 6 months to 1 year: growth in the above focusing on diversity

In 3-5 years: growth in the above focusing on diversity and building upon cultural opportunities

In 10 years: growth in education systems, cultural opportunities and diversity of faith organizations

 

a diverse culture with access to a wide variety of arts, including spaces for fringe individuals to connect and flourish; more focus on sustainability, recognizing environmental changes we need to make as a region, and normalizing eco-friendly choices; less chains, more local businesses; less dominance of the Church in local culture and politics, more focus on interfaith unity and acceptance; big efforts to reduce discrimination and racism in our culture, normalizing DEI in all sectors; increased outdoor activity, creating a culture of health and wellness

 

The region is ascetically more attractive – more green spaces and beautification of houses and buildings. Flowers, paint, etc., makes a difference. More connectivity of trails, more consideration of all types of transportation with our roads and sidewalks – cyclists, pedestrians, cars, and wheel chairs, etc. There is a growing neighborhood pride and investment. There is ownership among our region of our successes and our problems, there is no more blaming everyone else for problems. We roll up our sleeves. Elderly and very young children are highly valued and supported. They feel welcome and are valued as assets – not liabilities. All early childcare providers are of the highest quality. There is widespread access to technology and our health care systems are not driven by the dollar, but understand they will profit from prevention and community care. The area is diverse and celebrates it’s minority populations. They feel welcome even if they are not in the majority.

Today: Better asthetics

In 6 months to 1 year: Neighborhood pride – this is happening now in certain neighborhoods in Evansville, Trail connectivity 1-2 years, more green space

In 3-5 years: Thinking of all users with roads and sidewalks – pedestrians, cyclists, cars, wheel chairs, etc.

In 10 years: Elderly and young children being highly valued and invested in

 

Desired impact will be achieved by catalyzing the formation of networks of like-minded leaders/organizations who share a vision for community betterment through cross-sector collaboration Regional Cross-sector collaborative, Resilience. Shared ownership in Impact and betterment across the region.Nonprofits growing capacity to make Impact.Funders/Donors with growing capacity to invest in Impact.Systems level supports to inform decision making. Accessible, relevant, active, shared, data to inform stakeholders for decision making and investing.Parity within nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Today: Funder Collaboration

In 6 months to 1 year: Capacity building of a collective

In 3-5 years: Data informed investing

In 10 years: Sustainability and collaborative action efforts

 

A place where the entire region is connected and assets are highlighted. A robust public transportation system that is seen as the normal way to get from point a to point b. Lots of green space. Opportunities for all roads, city and county to be accessible to all users. Churches and people of faith engaged in the community, schools and neighborhoods. All schools being cared for and having the highest standards for technology, space, etc. A strong focus on the arts, including local talent as well as “big name” talent. The revitalization of spaces such as Mesker, Civic, Alahambra, etc. More mid-range housing for “empty nesters” wishing to move out of suburbs and to local neighborhoods.

Today: Church-Faith Engagement

In 6 months to 1 year: Mid-range housing in local neighborhoods

In 3-5 years: Revitalization of art spaces

In 10 years: Public Transportation Upgrades/ Road access

 

We have a lot of different cultures in our region and I would like those to be more visible when you’re walking or driving through town. I’d like our city and region to be easier to navigate for residents and visitors. There are so many things to do here for all ages and I don’t think the average person sees that.

People would have better access to education without incurring the expense. Young people would get off the couch and interact with others instead of being on phones and playing video games. The upcoming generation would have better work ethics rather than looking for reasons to work less. Mental health would be viewed as important to maintain as physical health. People would be taught how to overcome generational poverty versus thinking it’s the norm.

Today: Education without incurring expense – online classes

In 6 months to 1 year: Teach work ethics – hands on real life scenarios

In 3-5 years: Better incentives to work versus doing the minimum

In 10 years: Overcome generational poverty

 

Bussing to after school programs. After school programing in every neighborhood. Mental health care. Transportation.

Today: Transportation

In 6 months to 1 year: Mental Health And bussing to these programs.

In 3-5 years:

In 10 years: Afterschool programs in every neighborhood.

 

I want to see Evansville and the surrounding tri-state continue to positively grow and provide opportunity. I want Evansville and the surrounding area to be a place where young people and their families want to reside. 

Ecologically productive and flourishing social community of diverse Americans sharing, working, and living together.

Today: Central Green Space Plan for the city

In 6 months to 1 year: Plan creation

In 3-5 years: Fundraising

In 10 years: Implementation

 

Legalize Marijuana and make it cheap and affordable for all. Then the money that is made from that can be used to fix the roads, improve recreational areas, pay workers more (specifically teachers)

Today: Honestly nothing

In 6 months to 1 year: Probably still nothing

In 3-5 years: Hoping at least legal Marijuana

In 10 years: Don’t see much getting done to be honest

An active community with vast entertainment and a diverse population.

A lot of people leave Southern Indiana after graduation, looking for bigger cities with more job opportunities and more things to do. But in reality there are a ton of things going on all the time. I would like to see Evansville continue to invest in making downtown a hip area, preserve our unique wildlife and nature areas, and invest more in things like bike lanes and dog parks. I think that people would like to stay here and raise their own families, but the jobs here don’t pay as much as jobs in other cities. Maybe some incentives, like those offered by other hurting Midwest cities, would encourage people to come back.

Today: There’s definitely room for someone to get the word out about events going on in the community. People complain a lot that there’s nothing to do in Evansville but that just isn’t true, it’s just hard to find out about what’s going on‚ especially if you aren’t on Facebook.

Some of my family live in AZ. They have so many walkways/paths throughout their community. It absolutely promotes an active and safe life style. I’m fortunate enough to live near the USI trail. It’s beautiful, wide and very well maintained. I like being able to have that so convenient to my home. I do wish healthcare could be for everyone. I am trying to retire but the the cost of real estate taxes, homeowners insurance and utilities on top of post retirement healthcare it almost seems impossible. Evansville is definitely a good place to raise a family. It would be nice to have more available activities that promote healthy family living.

Today: Probably not any of what I have written.

In 6 months to 1 year: No.

In 3-5 years:Possibly added activities for families.

In 10 years: Hopefully more outdoor walkways.

I see our young people accessing the internet and using smart phones only AFTER being educated in schools about the dangers and how to avoid and report harmful content. I see safety features legally mandated by our state to be turned ON for all digital devices given to young people. I see parents of young people educated about the online dangers through community workshops, PTSAs, pediatricians, etc. I see the sole responsibility of keeping children safe in our digital world not just fall upon the shoulders of parents, but also the responsibility of our community to help keep them safe (teachers, youth leaders, police, etc.) Briefly…..mandate that schools educate children how to navigate the internet safely, and vote for current legislation to be changed to ensure age verification on the internet.

Today: All of my vision is possible

Expansion, jobs, prosperity. Businesses fully staffed, wages up and prices down. Everyone educated and gainfully employed.

Today: Expansion

In 6 months to 1 year: Wages increased.

In 3-5 years: Jobs developed.

In 10 years: Everyone educated

I dream of a future in Evansville where the hardest decision is picking which recreational activity you want to do that day. I think every category (education, work, leisure, environment, etc…) benefits when people can be outdoors and moving. It feels like we have a lot of great opportunities to incorporate green space into our region and to make simple adjustments that could have a huge change. For instance, we sit on the Ohio river and many many lakes/streams/canals but the closest place to rent a kayak on the water for the day is about an hour and a half away. We have lots of beautiful areas that unfortunately aren’t safe to walk/run/bike because there isn’t a bike lane or side walk. Aside from the personal benefits one can see from these areas, they are also great spaces to have community events. We are definitely headed in the right direction, but I firmly believe the more we can be outside, the healthier and better we are as a community.

Today: More trails being added

In 6 months to 1 year: Startup of more water-bound recreation

In 3-5 years: More walk/run/bike paths

In 10 years: A massive system of green spaces and areas combined with larger wooded areas and streams/rivers that mesh well together so that every citizen is within walking distance of an outdoor recreation opportunity.

I would like to see sensible development. It’s outrageous the city is proposing to build more high end housing and retail downtown when it’s a ghost town there with tons of available retail, office and living space.

I’d love to see more initiatives to keep the community clean. More litter pickup days done by leaders and volunteers. More cleaning up parks and playgrounds. More recycling containers and education about recycling by partnering with local trash and recycling companies to educate on recycling. I am very passionate about recycling and keeping our environment clean for our future generations. I’d love to see community education and more resources put out there to encourage people to keep their communities clean and to recycle often. The Keep Evansville Beautiful campaign was a good initiative and I’d like to see it continue. I’d also like to see a free community compost location to take bushes, leaves, sticks, etc for recycling.

I’d love to see more resources for parents to go to well advertised informational sessions in the community to learn about things impacting our kids such as cell phone safety, how to deal with behavior, literacy at home, positive ways to discipline children, and teaching parents how to raise respectful, good citizens. I think this would be a huge asset to our community if multiple organizations were involved such as the police department, the schools, youth first, etc.

Today: Parent informational session planning

In 6 months to 1 year: educating the public about recycling, public parent information sessions

In 3-5 years: A free recycle center and a free compost center

In 10 years: The community recycling more than they throw away in the trash on a regular basis.

I want to see my connection between the regions and more public transportation options that are desirable and used by people of all incomes.

The whole region is utilizing recycling programs, reusing and restoring items. Keeping the landfills cleaner. Children are physically, emotionally and mentally cared for and challenged. They have access to equitable opportunities (food, technology, transportation, education, medical resources) across the region.

Today: Recycling glass

In 6 months to 1 year: Decrease landfill

In 3-5 years: food, technology, transportation, education, medical resources access throughout the region

In 10 years: Demonstrate regional collaboration among all areas of our lives. (Education, Healthcare, Recreation)

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.

I would like to see a riverfront like Owensboro.

A community where everyone respects each other, comes to each other’s aid, supports one another, and has a lot of fun! It’s a community where resources exist to help address people’s needs and people know how to access the resources. There is a sense of togetherness, open-mindedness, and a common vision to provide the best environment for our children and families to flourish.

Today: understanding what our needs and assets are

In 6 months to 1 yeardeveloping a common purpose and commiting to this purpose

In 3-5 years: beginning to see strong collaborations working towards a common goal

In 10 years: most people working to realize a common vision

Evansville presents its self as a city that brims of hope, vision, and continued growth and development for all who choose to call it home. As you enter the main access, the city streets are lined with families walking the pathways or riding on their bikes. Corporations are attracted to this area because of the great workforce, low crime rate, the economical support and the easy access to water, rail, and interstate. Easy global access to food, healthcare, transportation, and social service is well defined and accessible for all those in need. Housing initiatives that consider all incomes and ages flourish as the city has cleaned up abandoned and unsafe housing. Education and Industry work together to support the growth and development so that citizens can remain in their city with great job opportunities.

Today: Commitment to working closely together on unified goals that benefit this great city.

In 6 months to 1 year: Strategic Plan development with timeline and goals for the vision of Voice.

In 3-5 years: Celebration of measurable improvement in commerce, safety, employment.

In 10 years: Evansville is recognized nationally for the many accomplishments that made it the most desirable city to live in.

A community that welcomes outsiders and makes them feel at home. A community where education and income levels are elevated to national averages or above. A community where outdoor public spaces are cherished and invested in. A community where voices are heard and valued. A community where regional downtowns flourish and spontaneous culturally diverse activity takes place. A community where people smile more, lift each other up, and are kind.

Today: Beutification and cleanup across the region; specifically gateways into towns and downtowns

In 6 months to 1 year: An increase in outdoor community art

In 3-5 years: Public outdoor spaces are invested in

In 10 years: Education and income levels rise to national averages, poverty decreases, crime decreases

A community with a very inclusive nature with the feeling that all are welcome to participate and be heard. I would like to see growth in parks, walking trails, natural spaces for residents to exercise, relax and enjoy. Protect the residential aspects of the community and move away from the notion that this small community needs more industry taking away the beautiful views of fields, rivers and waterways. Posey county draws in residents for the mere factor that it is a beautiful place to work and live with a small town atmosphere and friendly residents.

Today: encourage community involvement in decision making

In 6 months to 1 year: Add walking/biking trails to enjoy the outdoors

In 3-5 years: Add sidewalks so parents and children can enjoy walking/biking to schools, stores, parks

In 10 years: Improve the riverfront area

I see various shapes representing various sectors – the business sector, non-profit sector, the religious sector – connecting, overlapping at times. The overlaps represent where these entities come together to solve current problems. That’s on a two-dimensional scale.

The third dimension is those entities coming together to usher in a new future, anticipating instead of reacting to what is going on around them. Perhaps here all the shapes come together, representing both similarity and difference. By doing this, we shift to looking backward at fixing yesterday’s created problems to forward to creating a new future together.

Today: Strengthening ties

In 6 months to 1 year: Further collaboration

In 3-5 years: A futures partnership/collaboration

In 10 years: Leading our area in creative change

A region where all are treated the same, all are aided with hunger and all can get the medical needs required.

Today: While the appear to be many agencies addressing the homeless, lonely, and hungry the numbers just keep climbing.

In 6 months to 1 year: Good luck!

In 10 years: Surely by 2031 many of these issues will be solved or at least well on their way.

A community centered on Christ

Today: That most people can attend a Church

In 6 months to 1 year: That more people will be saved

In 3-5 years: That America will have Revival

In 10 years: That we will turn back to God

I want to see my connection between the regions and more public transportation options that are desirable and used by people of all incomes.

True community feel. Small town in big city

In 6 months to 1 year: Having more events in the community 

Continual economic growth to support future generation’s jobs. And clean up the “inner city”. A lot of sidewalks are crumbling or not there.

Today: Bring in new businesses at the port

In 6 months to 1 year: Apply federal funds for economic growth and sidewalk jobs. Prepare a 5 to 10 year plan

In 3-5 years: Implement plan

In 10 years: Implement plan

Increased green space. Envisioning the region as an entrepreneurial and convention hub for the Midwest. We could be an attractive destination for convention-goers.

We have a rich military history, and while WW2 Veterans likely won’t survive to see much of this come to fruition…there is real potential for Evansville and the region to be a destination for tourists interested in WW2 history. The LST and P-47 are here, and it would benefit the region for those boards to work together along with local government to make this area a destination for WW2 buffs… and to sell it as a destination to those whose ancestors served. Another consideration is to ensure that people of color are represented in military museums and displays.

Continued downtown revitalization.

Getting community support for upkeep of areas (i.e. Lloyd Expressway, Highway 41, I69). These corridors can provide the first impression of our community, and they need to be presentable…in terms of weed control and beauty, but also in terms of building use and appearance.

Grow educational opportunities in Evansville. The scare with UE threatening to cut programs calls into question whether our area can sustain two universities plus Ivy Tech.

Today: Marketing military museums,

In 6 months to 1 year: Military museums, improving upkeep of buildings and grounds along entrance corridors.

In 3-5 years: Continued downtown revitalization, growth of green spaces, convention and entrepreneurial attractiveness

In 10 years: Increased educational opportunities,

Developing tourism or industrial business…even agricultural tourism…solid vegetable farming, farm to table restaurants breweries and wineries, educational expansion to utilize universities in formation of these goals. Ultimately involving Indiana State Museum, IDNR, and locals in development of the region.

Today: Less than 50% can be met due to mistrust between existing groups.

In 6 months to 1 year: Lacking leadership will keep us at this 50% effective rate for up to three years.

In 3-5 years: If a solid leadership base is developed, nearly 90% of the above listed goals could be reached at the end of 5 years.

In 10 years: The above listed activities could become base for economic and social expanding base for expanded growth and economic stability.

I would like to see internet in my area for my kids. I would also like to see clean energy.

In 3-5 years: I’ve seen other counties get internet in their rural areas

Outdoor activities that engage the community and provide leisure and learning for all age groups/cultures. A wealth of resources widely available in both mental health and the disability areas of need.

Continuing to grow in population, jobs, support ,etc.

Ideally, service learning will be the core of all curriculum instead of this being seen as an “add-on”.

Today: Students and families are eager to participate when service opportunities are available.

In 6 months to 1 year: Service learning incorporated at all grade levels. (K-12 and beyond)

In 3-5 years: Service learning incorporated in multiple content areas.

In 10 years: Service learning the core of all learning. Students will be able to identify and use their strengths and interests to improve life for other people and their community. 

My University of Evansville professor who taught “Teaching Elementary Science” in 1989 discussed the cancer rates along the Ohio River. It’s not like the quality of the water has improved except for possibly there being less industry further north on the river….. Infrastructure is a problem with the water as well that is being addressed slowly and very expensively………..People who live in apartments pay $135-$155 per month for water which is at least $20-$30 more per month than people who live in the city of Evansville. (I have lived at the Brickyard Apartments and now live at Lakeshore Apartments.) I heard that “Mickey’s Kingdom” in downtown Evansville was vandalized this summer———obviously there need to be cameras there and along the river front because there is a lot of activity going on there in the middle of the night that the official “City of Evansville” and law enforcement are ignoring. The urban elementary students need extra resources so that they can compete academically and on sports teams alongside their suburban peers when they get to high school. How many students from Delaware Elementary play on a high school sports team? How many Scott Elementary students play on the North High School sports teams?

Today: Extra resources means extra money and as long as Dr. Smith is our superintendent it is unlikely that he will funnel more resources toward the lower-income students. The YMCA is doing a lot of good work with their summer programs.

In 6 months to 1 year: Obviously, the issues with Evansville Parks and Recreation could be solved within a year if Mayor Winnecke is willing to address the problems.

In 3-5 years: I hope that Evansville is able to keep its strong sense of community. I hope that people will continue to help one another during times of crisis. I think most of the strengths within the community will remain.

In 10 years: Inclusiveness is going to be a challenge in this region but I think with time it will get better. There will be better acceptance of gay people and transgender people, etc.

I want to see people using the ability to hear and experience the world through the internet. I want to see people’s perspectives widen by listening and searching for ideas beyond their own, reflect on them and gain understanding of other viewpoints. I want to see peoples intellectual bubbles widen. Long term, I’d like to see more diversity in every way, beginning with gaining an understanding of other people, their lives, and ideas.

Today: Introducing different perspectives

In 6 months to 1 year: Challenging ourselves to find different perspectives

In 3-5 years: Becoming open to change and diversity without feeling threatened

In 10 years:A community comfortable with diversity

Educated individuals carrying for each other and listening to each other. Strong public schools guiding our children.

Today: Listening

In 6 months to 1 year: Funding public schools completely

In 3-5 years: Funding public schools completely

In 10 years: Funding public schools completely

Community schools with smaller class sizes that reduce the need for so many students to be bused. More biking and walking trails, with bike rentals both regular and electric. More outdoor dining options. More community events (this has been improving in recent years). Well-maintained roads. Expansion of internet availability in rural areas and unserviced areas.

Today: Expanding wellness trails, well-maintained roads,

In 6 months to 1 year: More outdoor dining and activities, expansion of internet service

In 3-5 years: Smaller schools, reduced busing

Everything is viewed through the lens of supporting and developing the Social Emotional Needs of the entire community. When we look at everything, top to bottom, through this lens, we will be making decisions that support the entire person and community in every area listed above, and we positively impact and change the future.

Today: Funding social emotional learning in public schools, and developing community collaboration opportunities to help other organizations begin to collaborate in this pursuit.

In 6 months to 1 year: Local School Corporations, Mental Health Agencies collaborate to research and develop a shared vision, and begin to address the budgetary needs of executing the mission.

In 3-5 years: A local group that builds the core of this group, and helps maintain the FOCUS of executing the vision across all stakeholders. This only becomes a priority, when some organization passionately owns this, and their mission is to develop collaborations and promote and the passionate pursuit of the mission throughout the community.

In 10 years: A shared vision where the entire community passionately pursuit of promoting the Social Emotional needs of the entire community. 

Where people come together in harmony, sharing their gifts. Where children are able to trust the adults in their lives, and learn grow and experience arts and cultural green spaces. Where there aren’t bars on every corner but art, playgrounds and multigenerational spaces for families to make memories.

Today: Create more green spaces/inclusion/ creative learning areas in our community

In 6 months to 1 year: Create experiences for families

In 3-5 years: Change the mindset of the old way is the only way to let’s learn from our past and include ideas of others who come from a variety of walks of life.

In 10 years: Multigenerational learning center, play centers, green spaces, beautification.

Equal investment for public and private institutions/foundations into areas that need it most.

Today: It’s not possible because the individuals in power don’t care.

In 6 months to 1 year: Evansville will not progress until the power shifts

In 3-5 years: Evansville will be stuck in the same place it’s in today unless forward thinkers come to the table

In 10 years: I don’t see 10-year growth if we don’t invite new voices to the table

I would like to see internet in my area for my kids. I would also like to see clean energy.

In 3-5 years: I’ve seen other counties get internet in their rural areas

Highly urbanized, sprawl stopped where it is now. A park within half-mile of every residence. A $15 minimum wage. Taxes raised on gas, restaurant meals, cigarettes, and sodas to pay for improved roads, trails, and health infrastructure. Properties assessed correctly (every parcel is under assessed in our county) so that the correct level of taxation occurs and occurs fairly as the affluent get the biggest breaks.

I would like to see more outdoor green space and well-maintained parks and trails. More outdoor entertainment venues and events. More free services for mental health and wellness to serve our entire community. More options for help with addiction. More education on topics pertaining to health and wellness and prevention that would include the entire community.

Today: outdoor events

In 6 months to 1 year: wellness education and programs

In 3-5 years: free mental health and wellness services

In 10 years: more trails and green space

I want to see a future in which Posey County’s rural heritage is still present, but increased access to high-speed internet and available land to build houses on has created opportunities for young families to enter our community and settle. Every year, people leave our community with no intention of returning because houses and land are very difficult to find. Additionally, I would like to see our population become more diverse. As a teacher, I hear some of my students speak about others and the world in increasingly close-minded ways that reflect how isolated they are from people who do not look like them, think like them, and share the same experiences. This close-minded attitude also drives people away from this area if they do not share the attitudes and beliefs of the majority.

Today: Maintaining our small-town, rural atmosphere

In 6 months to 1 year: Developing leadership that supports and values diversity and inclusion, from government officials and business owners to teachers and school administrators

In 3-5 years: high-speed internet, beginning of more homes being built,

In 10 years: attracting a more diverse population

An area with ample economic opportunity to allow young people to stay here, if they wish, and have satisfying lives and careers; an area with ample and affordable housing stock so that all could have access to adequate housing; an area that fully supports public schools; an area where inclusivity is the norm; an area where citizens are eager to participate in local government and community organizations; an area where health care is available, accessible and affordable.

Today: Economic opportunity

In 3-5 years: Adequate housing stock; public school support

I would like to see more reasonably price grocery stores like aldi in this area. The internet here is terrible and improvements need to be made for stores to operate efficiently. Housing needs significant improvement. There is a lack of quality rentals available in this area. Community resources for drugs and alcohol are needed also.

In 6 months to 1 year: Internet, community programs

In 3-5 years: Housing, stores

A place where everyone can feel supported and safe. Cities where our children and communities don’t have to fear drug, gun or gang violence. Leaders that lead for the people and moving cities forward rather than politics and self interest. Resources and support for easily accessible to anyone who needs them.

Today: Resources and support more accessible

In 6 months to 1 year: Decrease in drug, gun and gang violence.

In 3-5 years: Leaders that lead for the people

In 10 years: A safer and more inclusive community

A community/region where are children and grandchildren and even myself will want to stay and live and work.

I see the need for more support for entrepreneurs and those that don’t want the government to run their businesses or tell them how they can.

I would like more events/activities/gatherings where all races come together to participate. My preferred future removes the fear of going out to public spaces and places. The fear of being attacked in public for color of skin/mask wearing/or just being different is removed; people need to feel safe when out and about in our community. In the future, it is a given that justice and fair treatment in all community circumstances would be utilized. All in our community can feel safe and secure around the ones tasked with the job of keeping law and order. The infirm or elderly in our community have safe places/spaces to be taken care of or have assistance when needed. Medical care and ready to eat meals for the elderly are easily accessible even if they don’t have insurance or transportation. Our houses of worship have serious diversity, relatable and loving ministers that preach the Bible and relate it to today’s problems/issues/living.

Today: ALL parts are possible, because with God and leaders that believe and have faith in God nothing is impossible!

In 6 months to 1 year: ALL parts are possible, because with God and leaders that believe and have faith in God nothing is impossible!

In 3-5 years: ALL parts are possible, because with God and leaders that believe and have faith in God nothing is impossible!

In 10 years: ALL parts are possible, because with God and leaders that believe and have faith in God nothing is impossible!

To have a cooperative and unified vision for the Evansville/Henderson MSA. Working together to benefit all.

Today: Bridge Project

In 6 months to 1 year: Commerce Collaboration 

In 3-5 years: Bridge

In 10 years: Health/Education/Housing

There is a unified feeling across the entire region instead of the Haves in the gated communities of Evansville and Newburgh and the Have Nots everywhere else. Community organizations for youth that not only focus on the black, poor community, but on all youth together. And a community that focuses on more than just sports. One that accepts everyone’s religious beliefs and celebrates diversity, not one that includes anyone like Justin Elpers on the leadership council. We need to work more toward making our community more affordable via housing, utilities, and transportation so that everyone has an equal chance to enjoy life. We need to address the rising crime and gun violence issue in our community and help citizens feel empowered to create the lives they want.

Today: Addressing the rising gun violence and getting rid of Justin Elpers, more affordable housing options

In 6 months to 1 year: addressing shortage of opportunities for youth

In 3-5 years: increasing job opportunities that pay a living wage, full acceptance and protections for everyone no matter their race, creed, religion, gender, or sexual identity

In 10 years: true equal opportunity for everyone to live in safe, affordable housing, to have a job making a living wage, mental health care and physical health care that are quality and available to everyone

My preferred future would be one where everyone prioritizes equality and acceptance. I would envision there to be more opportunities for community gatherings as well as more options for entertainment. I would like to see it become more like Nashville. It would be ideal to put a higher emphasis on education from pre-school to university. This is singlehandedly the best investment we can make. I would like to see this area become a progressive hub while paying respect and honoring our past heritage. We have a strong community heritage that will carry us into the future, but we need to make progress and step into the 21st century. I would like to see this area care more about environmental regulations with 4 of the top 20 superpollutors in the nation being in this region.

Today: I feel that all are possible. We just need leadership and a movement from the youth to push this. We need more activism.

In 6 months to 1 year: starting movements and organizing committees. More local events.

In 3-5 years: New cultural and entertainment centers started. More regulations put through government.

In 10 years: Full plan.

Henderson and Evansville would join forces to jointly clean trash/dead animals from area on and around the twin bridges and at the same time clear all weeds and overgrown trees on a scheduled basis. Also, it would be nice if both cities could fill in potholes or damaged parts of the bridges at the same time.

It would be nice if police officers, EMS, and firefighters could direct the homeless to shelters where they could get food/water, a bath/shower, and a nice place to rest their heads. Or, if one of the above could provide water/food to those they saw on the streets whenever they passed someone. Evansville Rescue Mission helps to educate and provide Christian teaching to help their homeless get back on their feet. It would be great if there were more places like that. It would be nice to get all of the homeless off of the streets!

It would be nice if the elderly had people to reach out to to do yard work or go on errands for them.

Today: I know Holy Name has a certain time, one or two, that they try to do yard work for the elderly. I think it needs to be done more often and with a more permanent group designed just for this job. Keeping the bridges clean is possible now. Helping the homeless is possible now. 

Cleaner, healthy environment for everyone. One with less homeless, drug and crime field environment. More options for senior living and options for them to stay home with better care

Our community working together to help those in need and to stop being one-minded/ sided. To ensure our young children/ adults have safe places to stay and have food each day.

Today: Food security  

As the I-69 bridge and highway system is completed, I would like to see a more comprehensive vision of how to build upon this pathway for all communities to take advantage of this with housing, business growth, lot developments for understanding how these areas will grow. What industrial parks will be created to take advantage of proximity to this pathway, how will education be prepared to meet these needs of growing workforce.

Today: Comprehensive plan

Henderson accepts murals and their role in the community enough that painting murals becomes something most people want to volunteer to do or learn to do.

Today: Getting volunteers to help paint a mural

In 6 months to 1 year: Two more murals done

In 3-5 years: Making a sustainable living from murals

In 10 years: Making a comfortable living as an artist 

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