City seeks feedback on vision plan

Draft document outlines strategies for moving forward.
Friday, January 30, 2009 | 4:26 p.m. CST; updated 4:27 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 31, 2009

COLUMBIA — Columbia residents have until Feb. 27 to review and comment on a draft Vision Implementation Report, which offers a plan for going forward with the goals and strategies of the “Imagine Columbia’s Future” report.

The draft implementation report was written by consultant Sarah Read of The Communications Center, who has spent considerable time reviewing the “Imagine Columbia’s Future” document and developing a strategy for how to bring it to fruition.  

How to give feedback

To view the Draft Vision Implementation Report, you can:

Click the link on the city’s home page at

See the link on the Missourian Watchword Web site at

Request your own printed copy for $21 or a CD for $1. To do so, contact city public communications officer Renee Graham at 874-7316 or at

Inspect printed copies at the reception desk on the main floor of the Daniel Boone Building, 701 E. Broadway, or at the Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway.

To comment on the report, you can:

Send e-mail feedback to

Take any of six surveys available on the city's Web site.

Send mail comments to The Communications Center Inc., 1905 Cherry Hill Drive, Columbia, MO, 65203.

"Imagine Columbia's Future" is the product of a visioning process that began in May 2006 to identify goals for improving the city over the next several years.It is divided into 13 areas, including: arts and culture, community character, economic development, education, the environment, governance and decision-making.

The implementation report suggests the next steps for city government in 2010 and 2011 and an inventory of resources needed.

"We want the public's input, because this is a pretty significant step as we go forward with implementation," Assistant City Manager Paula Hertwig-Hopkins said. "Public communication is important because this whole process is citizen driven. It has been from the beginning, and it will continue to be."

Citizens have driven the visioning project since it began. Earlier versions of the vision report have all been available online, Read said.

"With each vision statement that we've put out there, we've gotten more feedback,” Read said. “This is the first time the entire report was put out there, and I expect to get a sizable amount of interest."

The public can comment on the report until 5 p.m., Feb. 27, 2009. The visioning report can be found at The vision committee, the Office of the City Manager, and Read are looking for both positive and negative feedback to help address the concerns of Columbia residents.

"There were very specific projects where people said, 'we have these particular needs,'" Read said. "I'm pretty sure there are other projects out there that need resources, too."

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