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1. Topeka, Kansas: Heartland Visioning 2010  Report to the community.
June 29, 2011 Mars Chocolate announces they will build a $250 million manufacturing plant in Topeka.  more   

Original Vision 2008
2. Jefferson County, TN: Building a Better Future Progress Report 2011.
The "Building A Better Future" strategic plan completed in December 2007 made job creation the #1 priority.  In 2008 the Chamber of Commerce created a Public-Private partnership, raised nearly $2.5 million over 5 years and hired staff for the county's first ever economic development program.   Through  May 2011 the Economic Development program  has recruited 2 new businesses with 759 total employment and annual total payroll of $16.4 million. The total tourism impact through July 2011 is projected at $1.14 million. All this & more from the first 2 years of Economic Development funding from the Public-Private partnership of $480,000.  Jefferson is adjacent to Knoxville, TN and has a population of 52,000.   Click here for the Jefferson County Chamber web site.  more
Original Vision  2007
3. Polk County, Florida: Refreshed Vision 2011.   The new University  campus received $35 million in funding for buildings. News Release  
Original Vision 2004
4. Mobile, Alabama: Envision Coastal Alabama 2011.  The major development is the $5.2 billion ThyssenKrupp (TK) Steel and Stainless complex that reached significant milestones in 2010, and is now producing carbon and stainless steel. Named one of the nationís largest private economic development projects, the two plants, both located on one site, will ultimately generate 2,700 permanent  jobs. The sites have a current workforce of more than 1,800. 
Original Vision 1997
5. Jacksonville, Florida: Blueprint 2010 Annual Report.  Personal per capita income in the greater Jacksonville metropolitan area exceeded that of the Orlando, Tampa, Raleigh, Charlotte and Atlanta metropolitan areas in 2007-2009. See Chart. The murder rate per 100,000 population declined 35% from 13.9 in 2009 to 9.0 in 2010. The infant death rate per 1,000 live births declined 27% from 11.6 in 2005 to 8.4 in 2009. 
Original Vision  1983
Original Vision 1988
Original Blueprint 2006
6. Wichita, Kansas MSA: see 2009 revision to Visioneering Wichita. Original Vision  2004
7. Paulding County, Georgia:  New Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, 2 industrial parks, new medical campus, film studio, and historic preservation. (Georgia Trend article June 2011), also see 2006 & 2007 annual reports. Original Vision 2002
8. Schuylkill County, PA: June-July 2011 News,  go to Newsletters
Original Vision  1997
9.  Cabarrus County, NC:  In 2005 David Murdock announced plans for a $1.5 billion research campus.   The campus was opened on October 20, 2008. This is a link to a recent video about the park.
Original Vision  2001
10.  Minot, ND: Minot has been in the news in 2011 because of a record breaking flood. However the Minot story is much more involved. The Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area at $43,419 has the 18th highest Personal Per Capita Income out of 576 US Micro MSA's. The unemployment rate in May 2011 was 2.8%. Minot State University has 3,866 students with 896 from out-of-state or 21.7% of enrollment. June 14, 2011 Minot city voters extended a 1-cent sales tax for infrastructure by a nearly 70 % positive vote. This is an extension of a long term local tax for additional water supply from a water basin 60 miles south. The latest income and job growth results from oil exploration and production from the Bakken formation using new hydraulic fracturing technology. The US could use ND as an example of how to increase job growth and reduce our dependence on imported energy. Minot Air Force base had 5,015 jobs in 2009 and is growing.
Original Vision 1998
11.  Raleigh-Cary, NC MSA: The Raleigh MSA cumulative job loss since peak number of jobs in 2007 has been -3.72% compared to the US at -5.04%. Non seasonally adjusted data. See Chart 
Original Vision 1993

Celebrating More Than 25 Years of Building Community Visions

Henry Luke created the Community Vision Process and facilitated the first Vision in Jacksonville, Florida in 1983. Since then, he has facilitated Community Vision or Community Strategic Planning in over sixty communities in eighteen states or countries. The communities have varied geographically from Spokane, WA to Memphis, TN; Minot, ND; Richmond, VA; Schuylkill, PA; Curaco, Netherlands Antilles and varied in size from metro Atlanta to Gillette, WY.  Review the Vision\Strategic Plans of 60 communities by following this link.

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