Provided by Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
Lubbock leaders today unveiled Imagine Lubbock Together, a community-wide effort to define the city's future, during a news conference at the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.
"This effort is one that will involve every single member of our community," said David Seim, Lubbock chairman of Happy State Bank and co-chairman of the Imagine Lubbock Together steering committee. "While we have been planning for this day for quite some time, it is only in its infancy. Today, we turn it over to our community - for it is only with their input that we can truly define our future."
The community planning effort began in late 2011 when Lubbock business leaders expressed a desire for a community-wide strategic plan to be put in place as Lubbock continues to grow. In late spring, the Chamber - in conjunction with a steering committee focused solely on the effort - selected ACP Visioning+Planning from 18 firms from across the nation who applied to consult on the plan.
"And now the work begins," said Connie Wharton, partner of Mulcahy Wharton Business Consulting, LLC and co-chairwoman of the Imagine Lubbock Together steering committee. "And that involves our community at large. We ask each of our citizens to communicate their desires for what Lubbock can be - through our interactive website at imaginelubbocktogether.com and through multiple public gathering workshops slated for the Fall."
Public workshops are slated for September 10-12 at Irons Middle School, Coronado High School and Cavazos Middle School in efforts to allow input from all segments of the Lubbock community. The workshops, which are open to the public, will provide opportunity for community input and interaction in not only expressing hopes for Lubbock's future but also for information gathering by ACP Visioning+Planning.
Specific times and locations of each workshop date will be communicated through multiple avenues in the weeks to come, Wharton said.
"In addition to September's public gatherings, the community will have opportunity for involvement through social media, direct emails, our website, and an ultimate visioning summit slated for late November," Wharton added.
The final step of this project - Defining Our Future - will be the gathering of all community input and the full development of a tangible, transparent strategic plan. The plan will include actionable items that will identify those accountable for carrying out specified actions.
The last community-wide effort was completed in 1995.
"On our end, we're working to offer multiple avenues for your input - including public forums and other regular communication opportunities throughout the process so that every citizen is able to participate in this effort," said Gianni Longo, principal of ACP Visioning+Planning. "Lubbock is special because of its people, and we're excited to see what Lubbock's people imagine so that we can work together to define the best future for what this community not only deserves; but should also demand."
Seim and Wharton said all funding for the effort is being raised by steering committee members, and local businesses already have shown tremendous support.
"It's so often said the best part of Lubbock is our people," Seim said. "That's why we've developed this project entirely around the full involvement of our people - for the sake of our children and our children's children.
"After all, that's what our future is truly about."