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

Focus on the Good!

During the past couple of weeks you have probably seen Voyage Forward Stewards out and about asking folks the FOUR Questions. The results of the FOUR Questions will give the Stewards a very broad snapshot of what we value as a region. They will define what makes us a “Community of Choice“. Our goal is to have maximum participation throughout the region. We expect to complete this part of the process by February 20th. The next step will be to analyze the results, identify those key issues that are important to our region, and continue to seek input to further define our “Destiny Drivers“.

The Long Term Vision, Strategy, and Asset Team did a great job hosting the consultant team developing the Economic Adjustment Strategy. It was an exceptionally busy three days! My best guess is the team met with over 200 people during the visit. They were BUSY!

What struck me most during the teams visit is all of the good that is happening in this region. After listening to the discussion various individuals and organizations had with the consultants, it became crystal clear we do a very poor job of telling our story. We just don’t talk much about our successes! I think a part of this is inherent with being a Minnesotan — we do a very bad job of tooting our own horn!

During the next several months, co-chairs from the Voyage Forward teams will be highlighting what they do. This is a small start at “tooting out own horn”.

It’s not just the Voyage Forward teams that need to toot our horn. We all need to do a better job at telling our story, to get the word out about the good that is happening in our region and community. Not just events, but the services or opportunities we provide as a region or community and what we do as individuals or groups to make our community a better place. To make our community a “Community of Choice“. No one else is going to tell our story. It’s up to us.

Our goal is to have the Destiny Drivers and the Economic Adjustment Strategy finalized and available for everyone by June. It’s an aggressive schedule but one we are confident we will be able to meet. It won’t be the end of our Journey to Success, but the beginning. A new future defined by those that have participated. You can stand on the sidelines and watch or you can be an active participant in creating our own future.

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