Thank you for sharing your hopes and dreams with us

Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your thoughts regarding our community’s future with us. We are very interested to hear your opinions about how you believe we should collectively develop our city as a vibrant, family-friendly community well into the future.

Please just give us your “top of mind” thinking and quickly go through six questions—perhaps a total of 5 minutes to give some initial input into a Community planning process. There will be other ways to get involved as we move through this process between now and through the first quarter of 2019.
--City of New York Mills’ Cultivating our Future Steering Committee

Demographics:  We are committed to ensuring that all voices in our community are heard.  Please check all that apply to you (those you formally or informally self-identify with):

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* 1. Demographics:  We are committed to ensuring that all voices in our community are heard.  Please check all that apply to you (those you formally or informally self-identify with):

For broad purposes, we are interested in your age category.

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* 2. For broad purposes, we are interested in your age category.

How long have you lived in our around New York Mills?

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* 3. How long have you lived in our around New York Mills?

Brainstorm one or two characteristics that you think make New York Mills most unique.  What makes it special?   What are you most proud of?  What exceptional elements that create pride of place?

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* 4. Brainstorm one or two characteristics that you think make New York Mills most unique.  What makes it special?   What are you most proud of?  What exceptional elements that create pride of place?

Why, in your estimation, would someone choose to live in or around New York Mills?

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* 5. Why, in your estimation, would someone choose to live in or around New York Mills?

In your mind, scan the physical landscape of New York Mills.  What do you think are the community’s key physical assets?  Consider things such as landmarks, heritage items for preservation, key gathering or community pride places, natural and environmental features, etc.

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* 6. In your mind, scan the physical landscape of New York Mills.  What do you think are the community’s key physical assets?  Consider things such as landmarks, heritage items for preservation, key gathering or community pride places, natural and environmental features, etc.

In your mind, think about the people and agencies in New York Mills that must work together to build public and private support to common goals toward creating a creatively-inspired community.  Who must shape, own and implement the vision?

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* 7. In your mind, think about the people and agencies in New York Mills that must work together to build public and private support to common goals toward creating a creatively-inspired community.  Who must shape, own and implement the vision?

What is your vision for what our community should become by the year 2025?  What is in place by 2025 that makes a difference for us as a community?

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* 8. What is your vision for what our community should become by the year 2025?  What is in place by 2025 that makes a difference for us as a community?

What values do you hope that our community upholds as it looks to its future? What are the important underlying principles that you feel must guide our decision making?  [values are deeply rooted principles; examples might include "retaining our unique rural character" or "environmental preservation" or "preserving a welcoming place to raise a family" -- just examples to get you started in your own thinking.

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* 9. What values do you hope that our community upholds as it looks to its future? What are the important underlying principles that you feel must guide our decision making?  [values are deeply rooted principles; examples might include "retaining our unique rural character" or "environmental preservation" or "preserving a welcoming place to raise a family" -- just examples to get you started in your own thinking.

Thank you for your time in providing us with your thoughts.  We value your opinions.  The Steering Committee, listed below, will be working throughout the fall and winter toward the development of a brief roadmap document that will articulate vision, values and some key strategic initiatives to guide New York Mills in maintaining a vibrant and sustainable future.  There will be communications made available along the way, and you are invited to continue to have conversation with the Steering Committee.  Best regards.
--the Steering Committee

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