Introduce yourself. Include personal reasons you are passionate/excited about IGT. Personalize yourself as comfortable.
Exciting/New/Different Engaging all segments of community – government, non-profit & business. If all engaged in development of vision, all will be engaged in Action. Different from previous (modeled after RTA success) in that we are creating the community partnerships in the development of our vision so that the implementation is effective. Invest partners early (in the creation) – then they are invested in action.
Many organizations & efforts have work in the past to create long-term vision/strategies. We have been researching & understanding those. IGT stems from a passion to create a regional/common vision. Collaborative – with no existing organization taking lead – all taking a piece. IGT’s specific roots can be traced to: Tucson Regional Town Hall (May 2007) 160 Community Leaders Discussed Challenges/ Opportunities Facing Tucson Region Arizona Daily Star Growth Forum – Also started a regional discussion with local and national experts. Crafting Tomorrow’s Built Environment (Dec. 2008) Event with Robert Crow from Envision Utah Collective sense we need to be working together as a region for our future.
Imagine Greater Tucson is not duplicating other efforts, but is spending the time to partner with existing efforts to determine how they fit into the overall discussion. For instance, TREO’s mission is economic development. Economic Development is an incredibly important part of our region as we move into the next generation and needs to be a significant part of the discussion. TREO’s Blueprint is important to understand and to build upon as we move forward. So TREO is very much a partner and its members are participating in IGT. (Depending on the audience, there are a variety of other examples to use – Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan/RTA/etc.)
The 125 people who were part of organizational planning of IGT – government, non-profit, business – agreed on this purpose statement. These words in this order.
Why Imagine Greater Tucson? Southern Arizona is Growing and we have a potential perfect storm brewing with impending budget cuts and limited resources. We need to really focus our energy and resources on a regional basis that allows us to maximize those resources. (Resources can be financial/environmental, etc.) (Depending on the audience, this slide can be the first slide as well if you want to start with Why we are doing IGT prior to what is IGT.
One of the questions we are asked is what is our geographic region? We are engaging as much of eastern Pima County as possible. That includes the communities listed above and the unincorporated areas within this region We need to plan our region in the context of our geographic location to Mexico, the Sun Corridor and Phoenix (yes, we need to acknowledge that City to the North.) But, we can benefit from planning ahead based on this context.
PUT IN YOUR OWN PHOTO HERE OF YOUR KIDS/GRANDKIDS/THE FUTURE GENERATION! The other reason we need to work on this project is to ensure our future generation inherits a community they can be proud of, can make a living in and have the quality of life we are all enjoying.
IGT – 3 distinct phases. Talk – What do we value? Now through Spring 2011? Think – What is our vision? Work together around maps to discuss and choose our desired future. Action – Once a desired future is decided, create a plan of action to get there.
First Phase. Engage public so people are heard and collect data to feed into Phase II. Increasing awareness and excitement for entire project while engaging.
We have been collecting values at many local community events.
These values are being counted and we are looking for the common themes.
Data based on 2 questions. Carefully framed to get people thinking positively about our future. NOT - What do you like and what do you “dislike” – because too negative – Instead – what to improve/change.
Our community survey is online
In addition to qualitative data, we are working with Strong Point Marketing Intelligence on statistically valid data to add to the qualitative data and collectively feed into the modeling process.
Meet IGT – Presentations – 1565 so far, with speaking engagements that will touch at least 300-400 that are scheduled now until Feb.; Bubbles – 1500 filled out so far. Surveys: 600 completed. 550 on-line; 50 on paper CC: By end of this week – at least 200 people – big time commitment and need to schedule more. Number of comments so far that are being inputed – 9900 (7200 online survey; 1200 CC; 1500 bubbles). Give a perspective – Gallup Poll for Arizona surveyed 3000 people throughout the State for their poll. Doing qualitative data analysis – 2 of the Liaisons – Don Ijams and Oscar Gande – assisting with this effort. Themes will emerge and feed into Phase II. This information will provide indicators for our preferred futures. We are also doing a statistically valid survey in Spring to supplement/compliment what we are hearing through these other avenues.
Phase II. Discuss results of Phase I & compare to our “status quo” future. Software allows us to model the “status quo” / “probable future” to see infrastructure needs, open space, economic opportunities, etc. Work with community to create alternative scenarios and model those to get our desired future. The scenarios will be used to help the community explore potential futures, learn about tradeoffs and identify the areas/issues of common interest. The final scenario is our shared vision for the future of the region that best meets the goals defined by the community through the initial Community Conversations. Those areas of common interest will be used to guide the action phase of this process. It will act as a guide, informing how planning and policy-making at local levels can be leveraged to begin moving us toward our common vision. We have hired John Fregonese – a National consultant out of Portland Oregon who has done these types of exercises throughout the United States with regions larger than ours. He is providing consulting and training our local professionals on the software that we can continue to use in this region.
Phase III. Take our desired future and develop our strategic action plan and implementation.
More detailed process chart for some groups as needed. [Delete this slide as needed for various organizations.]
One question we get – How did this work elsewhere and what were the results? Answer – Successful. Here are a few examples: Portland – Community-based planning since 1970’s – new funding tools to help with transportation. (They identified issues with the existing funding tools and redefined/restructured the tool kit. Chattanooga – Riverfront development plan came out of regional visioning process. Imagine Calgary – They developed sustainability plan and a system to ensure people are staying on target. Denver – Improved zoning and did an experiment with Colfax Avenue to improve community through zoning and it worked. Tulsa – Focused on a voice for the under-represented. Disconnect between healthcare providers and those who needed it and they were able to tackle the problem. They are now focused on diversifying the economy. Envision Utah – Light rail system. They identified transportation as their number one issue (air quality & Olympics). Light rail was the solution. Two years before Envision, Utah sales tax failed miserably. After Envision, people saw what would happen without a transportation solution and voted 60% for system and tax. All Jurisdictions – By engaging public and because of the process, elected officials were engaged and held accountable.
We need support, not just input. The need crosses all sectors. We have $550,000 to get us through Phase I and part of Phase II. We need to raise more! Budget over 2 years - $1.5 million Software and technical support Staff/employ people
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Keri L. Silvyn
What Is Imagine Greater Tucson? <ul><li>Community-based collaborative effort </li></ul><ul><li>Create a common vision </li></ul><ul><li>Action plan to bring the vision to reality </li></ul>
Our Origins Imagine Greater Tucson organized Initiating Team of 125 diverse i ndividuals Early 2009 Process kicked off Sept. 30 th , 2010
The Purpose To Make our Community a Vibrant and Healthy Place to Live, Work, Learn, and Play for Current and Future Generations of all Ages.
In these times, our region needs to focus our energy and resources. Think ahead to proactively shape our region for future generations “ Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.” – John Wooden
“ Talk Phase” Goals <ul><li>Learn what people value </li></ul><ul><li>about the Tucson region </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the shared values </li></ul>
Qualitative Insights into Core Values: Community Conversations and Web Surveys <ul><ul><li>What do you like about living in the Tucson region? Why? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What would you change or improve? Why? </li></ul></ul>
Projecting Core Values for the Community Random Sample/Statistically Valid Survey <ul><ul><li>Confirming and supplementing qualitative findings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing data to “inform” the modeling process </li></ul></ul>“ Talk Phase”
Input to date December 1, 2010 <ul><li>3,000 community members connected </li></ul><ul><li>600 surveys complete </li></ul><ul><li>200 community conversation attendees </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds have contributed </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 10,000 values collected to date </li></ul>
“ Think Phase” (We are still talking though) <ul><li>Compare our “probable future” to our identified values </li></ul><ul><li>Create alternative future scenarios </li></ul><ul><li>Engage the public; assess scenarios </li></ul>
“ Action” Phase Goal <ul><li>Develop actions plans </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate strategies into plan updates and </li></ul><ul><li>public policy </li></ul><ul><li>Continually follow up with governing </li></ul><ul><li>policy makers </li></ul>
Imagine Greater Tucson Process 2010 – 2012) Surveys Panels Community Conversations Collecting Values Probable Future (Status Quo) Alternate Future A Alternate Future B Alternate Future C Alternate Future D Identify Preferred Future Develop Actions and Strategies
Policy, Leadership, Government Environment/Growth Strategies Financial/Economic Development
How Is This Funded? <ul><li>Cash and in-kind </li></ul><ul><li>All sectors of the community </li></ul><ul><li>Broad and diverse support </li></ul><ul><li>Grants </li></ul>To date: $550,000 Goal: $1,200,000
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