The process of developing and articulating a shared vision of the future is the first step needed in order for a community to build that future. The Portage City Council, as part of their 2006 Goals and Objectives, identified the importance of conducting a community visioning project.
Portage 2025 Launched in 2007
In 2007, together with City Council and city staff, 133 Portage residents helped to develop the framework for the future of Portage through the Portage 2025 visioning process. Visions and goals for what the community could be like in the year 2025 in seven key areas were developed: Culture and Leisure, Economic Development, Environment and Natural Resources, Human Services, Municipal Services, Neighborhoods and Transportation. The results and outcomes of the Portage 2025 Visioning project are captured in the Final Report at right. A detailed visioning process document was also developed by the city visioning facilitator, Dr. Peter Dams, that provides more extensive detail of the visioning process and how the participants developed their visions and goals.
2008 Renewal Event
To build upon the Portage 2025 vision, a Portage 2025 Renewal Event was held in 2008. Almost eighty residents reviewed the exciting progress of the first year and created strategies for achieving each area’s top goals. Participants also developed preliminary concepts for a collective vision of the Portage City Centre area. The
Renewal Event Report summarizes the input provided by the Visioning participants.
2015 Renewal Event
On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the community will again come together to review the progress to the Portage 2025 established goals and refine future city goals. The City Council hopes for a broad representation of individuals throughout the community to sign up to participate. “The city must build on the past successful visioning sessions and to do that, we must have representation from all parts of our community,” commented Mayor Peter Strazdas. “The ideas and input from Portage citizens are critical to the Council as we will use the results of this process as a guiding document for the next ten years.”
Saturday, October 3, 2015
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Portage Central High School Auditorium
8135 South Westnedge Avenue
The objectives of the event are:
- Review progress to previously established goals
- Refine existing goals by determining which have been accomplished, which are still relevant and if new goals should be considered
- Develop strategies for achieving the refined goals
Register to participate in the Portage 2025 Renewal Event!
Portage residents wishing to participate in the October 3 renewal event at Portage Central High School can register by completing the form below. To ensure that participants are placed in the most appropriate workgroup, registrants are asked to select their top three choices from the seven key areas and provide information about their personal and professional experiences. To assist with planning, please register by September 25. Registrants will be contacted with additional event information. Please call 329-4405 with any questions.