Voyage Forward -- Serving the citizens of Koochiching County and the cities of Bigfalls, International Falls, Littlefork, Northome, Ranier and surrounding region.
Voyage Forward -- Serving the citizens of Koochiching County and the cities of Bigfalls, International Falls, Littlefork, Northome, Ranier and surrounding region.

The Koochiching Area Vision

We are one community focused on the future, which values our citizens, environment and unique culture. We are open to all ideas and value the input from our citizens. We understand to improve; we must look to the future and invest in community and economic development.

The Voyage Forward Story

In the spring of 2013, Koochiching County’s largest employer, Boise, announced they would be laying off approximately 265 people at the International Falls paper mill.  This announcement set a series of events in motion that resulted in the creation of an Economic Response Team and a rallying cry for change not seen previously in Koochiching County. Follow the links under the OUR JOURNEY tab for information on how the process started and access to all research data.

Voyage Forward is about community engagement. It’s about people creating their own future by being involved and developing a community of inclusion, civility, and optimism. It’s about accepting change as it fits into our culture and beliefs.

The planning and research is done. The time for doing is NOW! The results have been analyzed and the Voyage Forward Stewards crafted a Mission, Vision, Values, and   Strategic Action Plan which provides a roadmap for the future of our county. A major component of the Strategic Action Framework are the ten key initiatives or “Destiny Drivers” the citizens felt most important. They are what the citizens of Koochiching County said they wanted in our future.

Join us on our Journey to Success. Contact one of the Destiny Driver Champions or send us an email for more information. 

Our Mission

  • “The mission of Voyage Forward is to be the platform for growing a vibrant and thriving region through community and economic development.”

    Voyage Forward

Destiny Drivers

Destiny Drivers provide regional, city, community leadership, and citizens with the information they need to implement action plans based on community input. Destiny Drivers provide the roadmap for future decisions and implement the changes we as a community want to see.

The Voyage Forward Coalition serves as the voice for Voyage Forward; informing county citizens of action and progress; marketing; and acting as the single point of contact. Our goal is to provide a strategic approach to lead, facilitate, communicate and sustain Voyage Forward.

To contact a Destiny Driver Champion or access agendas, minutes, and documents, click on the links below.

Quote

  • “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

    John F. Kennedy

Join us on our Journey to Success!

Find your passion with one of the Destiny Drivers. To participate in a Destiny Driver, contact info@voyageforward.org