Introducing Vision 2030
A Vision for Community Growth and Engagement
When I began my work with the Regional Partnership in 2006, it was a very different time for the organization and the region. Back then, the organization didn’t have a name and the region didn’t have an identity.
The original plan was simple. Get a nice website, print some fliers, hit the road, and companies would flock here. It didn’t happen. We had the site. We had the fliers. But the companies didn’t come.
Fast forward a few years to 2009. The organization had a name, and the region was flirting with an identity. We wanted to be bold and we wanted to be better, but we decided we couldn’t do anything at all if we didn’t do it together. We would collaborate as a region to succeed…even if it killed us.
So then, after a year of planning, we launched Vision 2020. Vision 2020 focused on stemming the decline in per capita personal income (PCPI) by building a region that collaborates.
It worked. Today, in 2017, we’ve had six consecutive years of increased PCPI against the national average. But it is no time to declare victory. Vision 2020 created a structure that the region desperately needed at the time, but seven years after its launch, the region is different again.
We have far more jobs now than we have people, and employers are hurting as a result. Our population growth and lagging educational attainment make it difficult for businesses to grow and move jobs here, which puts us in even greater danger if another recession hits.
Progressing Our Vision
Therefore, this year, we began to transition Vision 2020 to Vision 2030. Vision 2030 builds on the successes of its predecessor, yet streamlines some of the processes to encourage greater community engagement and more nimble pursuit of action.
Vision 2030 is aimed at achieving three bold goals by… you guessed it, 2030. First, we will increase PCPI annually against the national average. Second, we will grow the population to 1 million residents. Third, more than 60 percent of our workforce will have a postsecondary credential.
Why are we doing this? To keep our community thriving, we must take action now to increase population, encourage wage growth and ensure we are competitive in the global economy. In simple form, we sometimes put it this way: we need more friends living in Northeast Indiana, and we want all our friends to be richer and more skilled.
How are we doing this? We’re asking business and community leaders to volunteer their time and expertise to serve on action-oriented committees focused on developing strategies and tactics to support three key issues affecting our region:
- Business Attraction
- Talent Attraction
- Talent Development
For more information on the key issues and committees, check back each week as we dive deeper into each action area. Next up is Domini Martin Urban’s Talent Development blog. To learn more about Vision 2030, contact Ryan Twiss, vice president of Regional Initiatives.