What is your vision for Yankton?
I was recently reading about Dubuque, Iowa, which is considerably larger than Yankton but offers us a good example of how to develop a community vision.
In 2005, the Dubuque mayor stated, “The next five years will define the next 50 for Dubuque.” This kicked off a massive visioning process for the community that sought big ideas with broad acceptance that would have a long-term, positive impact on the growth and quality of life of the greater Dubuque community.
Read more about that process here.
I think Yankton needs to do the same thing.
We all need to come together, invest our talents and create a cohesive community vision for the long-term future.
We need to think big.
When I talk to people in the community, I sense a hunger to do big things because of a belief in the potential of Yankton to be more than it is right now.
Look at the small European island of Guernsey. A group there has set the goal of making it the best place to live in the world by 2020. Yes, you read that right.
It might sound crazy, but it’s also really inspiring. Similarly, we need to have the confidence to set big goals for Yankton. If we don’t believe in ourselves, no one else will, either.
Included in my personal vision of Yankton would be downtown and riverfront development; more public art, architecture, trails and other quality of life improvements; higher wages; and a community-wide focus on health and happiness that would have buy-in from all community members.
I don’t want to be a community where people ask, “Why don’t we have that?” I want to be a community where people ask, “How in the world did we get that?”
Let’s use the next five years to define the next 50 for Yankton and make ourselves and future residents proud.
Have ideas? Let’s talk about them on the Nathan For Yankton Facebook page.