Four years ago, more than 12,000 citizens shared their vision for future growth and investment in our region. The Grand Vision was discussed in terms of decades, but there has already been tremendous community action to make some of those plans a reality. Community members are invited to celebrate this progress at a series of six Community Action Updates.
Work is under way to remove the Boardman River dam at Cass Road, and the days of the existing one-lane crossing are numbered. Groups are voicing support for a new, wider bridge.
Kirk Steudle had high praise for the Grand Vision and the regional collaboration the Vision brings when it comes to helping address Northern Michigan’s most pressing transportation challenges.
Sure, this region has a long way to go. But developers, public officials, non-profits, and volunteers are starting to work together to grow in ways that align with citizens’ values.
Here are some key highlights from our three program areas in 2011.
More than 20 Benzie residents, community leaders, and local officials are now working together to further the goals of the regional, citizen-based Grand Vision planning process in Benzie County.