Big PaperWe have some really big paper at the Community Foundation. It’s lovely and large at a full 11 X 17. We see it make an appearance when we have lofty ideas and need space to organize some equally lofty plans. These are ideas that a mere 8 ½ X 11 could never handle, even on its best day.

In fact, sometimes when we get stuck, we simply get the big paper out—it’s magnitude feels like sheer potential. Like anything is possible. That’s when it gets exciting! It’s like we know we’re on the cusp of something great—it’s just that something great hasn’t been born yet. Yet.

I guess artists probably feel like this a lot. They have ideas. They make something out of nothing. It’s magical how they sit down and invent something that’s never been seen, done, or heard of before. A blank slate. The clean white piece of paper just waiting to turn into something extraordinary. And all it needs is you. You and your wrinkly brain. You and the ideas you brought from a place you visited or lived. You and your memory from long ago, and dreams for far from now. You and your willingness to pour whatever positive energy you have today into what Grant County can become tomorrow. Simply put, it needs you—and maybe a dash of Roxanne Roberts.

Roxanne Roberts is the author/artist who wrote these magnificent words that live in my head inspiring me and all the ways I can pour into this place that I call home.

With reverence to the author, what if we applied that same concept to our community?

You have a chance to add some color to Grant County’s can of white paint. Use the form below to stay informed and to sign up to support this important community-building work today! It’s your turn to be part of the solution.

Don’t you think Grant County deserves to have a Vision? Something proactive to work toward versus something reactive that works us. A targeted plan (think of a bullseye) that puts greatness in our future. However, as Jim Collins so eloquently pointed out in his book Good to Great, good is the enemy of great. And while there are many good things happening in Grant County each week, they’re not great. They aren’t currently directed toward helping us achieve an intentional-we-decided-it-it’s-gonna-happen Vision; thus, those good things will never be great things. And that’s unfortunate, because there are a ton of amazing people using their resources—time, money, energy—on good things right now. Wouldn’t it be remarkable if those resources could be redirected toward a Strategic Vision?

Inch-by-inch. Bit-by-bit. Let’s leverage that data into action as Visioneers. Ever heard of a Visioneer? A Visioneer is someone with a clear mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction that it should be.

Ball State Indiana Communities Institute and Creative Insight Community Development have given us a clear picture of what we could do; we need your conviction to help us to make it so. If you love where you live, you should be a part of making our Strategic Vision a reality.

Take Five Objectives for Grant County’s
County-wide Strategic Vision
Results from Data Analysis

Objective #1: Invest in economic development, wealth creation, infrastructure, and supports for a strong small business environment.

Objective #2: Place emphasis on continuing education, youth activities, and talent retention.

Objective #3: Support quality of place as an economic and social development strategy.

Objective #4: Shift the local mindset toward resilience and development, and away from negativity and divisiveness.

Objective #5: Foster a proactive mindset around creating an environment for human thriving.

We know life is busy. Taking time to invest in your community, while extremely gratifying, is not always easy. That’s why we thank you so much for sharing your time and your ideas with us! We are confident that your investment here will make a big, positive difference in Grant County for years to come.

These Objectives for Grant County are a result of your ideas and insights gathered during the Community Listening Sessions in an effort to develop a County-wide Vision for action.

A final report for future action and next steps will be announced by the end of July.

We’re committed to implementing the County-wide Strategic Vision because we Love Where We Live! Marion Public Library will be hosting a Grant County book discussion on Love Where You Live by Peter Kageyama to talk about how we can implement the principles of the book alongside the Strategic Vision. Stay tuned for more information about the discussion.

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