What makes the North Fork Valley unique? What are some common values that people in our valley share?
How do we work together toward creating a common vision for the future?
These are some of the questions that the North Fork Heart and Soul Project is getting feedback about. We've spent the second half of 2012 engaging people from all ages and walks of life to contribute their personal stories. They shared accounts about their livelihoods and talked about what is important to them and why they call the North Fork Valley home.
Over 1,000 people in the community have joined the conversation through a variety of venues: meetings; events; festivals like Cherry Days, Pioneer Days and Liberty Fest; personal interviews; and public conversations such as the Business Symposium, Slice of the Pie events and the Blue Sage Valley Voices. We have heard from the youngsters through surveys, school essays, Kids Pasta Project, and their involvement with Pass the Mic news corps program. Others have put in their two cents via the web, email, and social media. Their written word was transcribed on 50 beer coasters at Revolution Brewing and 30 postcards at the libraries in the valley.
Of the thousand respondents, 63 percent live in Paonia, 27 percent in Hotchkiss, 7 percent are from Crawford, 2 percent are out of Delta, and 1 percent from other areas. The age distribution graph shows that we reached folks in a range of ages similar to Delta County numbers, except the under-20 group, which includes infants and small children too young to talk.
The distribution of data we collected reflects the actual concentration of occupations in Delta County as recorded in census data. This shows a good representation of the population in the North Fork Valley as a whole.
Now we can focus on compiling all of this data to create the draft value statements. An example of a value statement from another Heart & Soul project in Damariscotta, Maine: Value-build community-build trust, seek common ground and encourage civil dialogue. Strive for a community where people listen to each other, understand each other, and embrace differences.
There will be open house events in Paonia and Hotchkiss, allowing for even more participation in drilling down and refining the draft value statements. Your input is valuable!
Put your fingerprints on the future of the North Fork Valley at open houses in Paonia and Hotchkiss.
On Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, there will be an open house at the Paonia Chamber of Commerce office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 7, the open house will be held at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss from 3 to 7 p.m.
Snacks and refreshments will be served.
Then, with the help of the community, we'll determine how best to incorporate those values into community decisions that will create a vibrant and prosperous future.blog comments powered by Disqus