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.

Stewards & Consultants to Engage Community

Busy Month for Voyage Forward Stewards

The first week of January will be a busy time for the Voyage Forward Stewards that have volunteered on our Journey to Success.

If you have shopped this past week at our local stores, you probably noticed an informational flier was included in your shopping bag concerning the FOUR QUESTIONS. Soon, Stewards from the Engagement Team will be around the region engaging citizens and organizations to seek their input on what they value most about our region. The information collected will provide the Stewards a broad snapshot of what we value most, what makes this region our “Community of Choice“. This is the very first step in identifying key issues, or “destiny drivers”, which will define our future.

Once the information from the “Four Questions” is analyzed, a detailed survey will be developed that will ultimately provide us with hard facts from our citizens. The results will be the foundation for identifying our destiny and set the wheels in motion for positive change. It’s an exciting time and we, as Stewards, hope you will fully participate.

That’s not the only task the Stewards have been working on.

On January 7th, a team of consultants will arrive to tour our region and talk to regional businesses, organizations, and government agencies in preparation of developing an Economic Adjustment Strategy.

The consultants, along with Stewards from the Asset Team, will be gathering information from citizens, public and private organizations to better understand what our region has to offer. This is the first time a county-wide, comprehensive strategic and economic adjustment strategy has been undertaken. It’s an opportunity to catalog our assets and better understand our challenges as we develop a comprehensive, region wide Economic Development plan. A full itinerary is available here.

These are two critical steps in creating an overarching community and economic development strategy for our region. You can sign up for informational updates and receive more detailed information at www.voyageforward.org.

It’s your region. Participate and create our own future!