Local ideas sought online for Our Story

October 21st, 2014

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Published: October 21, 2014 3:00 a.m.

Local ideas sought online for Our Story

Sherry Slater | The Journal Gazette

Leaders with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership believe that shaping a master narrative for this area will help economic development and tourism officials market the region.

After hosting 20 public workshops that solicited more than 500 opinions, the group is soliciting online submissions for the Our Story Project, officials announced Monday.

To participate, go to www.neindiana.com/workshop. The process takes about 15 minutes – depending on how decisive you are.

Courtney Tritch, the partnerships vice president of marketing, wants to include input from as many people as possible.

"My goal was to not have the same 50 people deciding things," she said, referring to a core group of local activists.

Scott Ochander and Tyler Borders, consultants, are overseeing the project and appear in digital shorts that guide participants through the online survey.

Residents are asked to choose characteristics that best describe the region as it is and as it could be in the future.

"It is challenging. It makes you think," Tritch said. "I think it's what words resonate with you."

Prizes valued at almost $2,000 are being offered to survey participants. The items include an Apple iPad mini, Vera Bradley rolling luggage, a $400 gift certificate from Best One Tires and a $250 voucher for a flight to or through Philadelphia.

The deadline is Nov. 7.