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The Heart & Soul staff in Cortez, CO has compiled over 900 surveys, held four neighborhood block parties, convened 21 community conversations, and listened to over 10 hours of video interviews--all on the way to making planning decisions that are in harmony with the character of their community.
Albert and Elizabeth Conary try to walk the four-mile round trip from their home on Old Brunswick Road to downtown every day to support local businesses.
The following are the concepts of community that all of Essex can agree on, according to research conducted over the past six months by the grant-funded Heart and Soul of Essex committee: education, community connections, safety, thoughtful growth, local economy and health/recreation.
The Orton Family Foundation, in cooperation with CommunityMatters Partners, worked with Newport, VT, residents in a one-day workshop to help the community develop ways of solving problems and directing future growth and change.
The city of Cortez, Colorado is in the midst of applying the Heart & Soul process to the needs of their town. This article gives details about the challenges and benefits of the Heart & Soul approach, and concludes that the effort is well worthwhile.
Saving Land profiles Orton’s Heart & Soul Community Planning approach, citing Victor, Idaho as a success story where shared values were adopted by the City Council in 2011.
A strong outreach effort in Cortez, CO is engaging the young people of the town in planning the future of the community. This story from the Cortez Journal gives the details of how one young man has gained an active role on the Cortez city council as they steer the changes with which the town is faced.
The School Community Youth Collaborative involves Cortez teenagers in the inner workings of businesses, nonprofits and municipal agencies by bringing them into the decision-making process normally reserved for adults. SCYC hopes inter-generational bridges can be built and stereotypes broken.
This editorial considers how the Heart & Soul Approach might be applied to the challenges the writer has witnessed in the two small mountain towns of Pagosa Springs and Salida, Colorado.
Nearly 300 residents of Essex town and Essex Junction village gathered for the official launch of the Heart & Soul of Essex, a two-year, $100,000 planning initiative that’s the work of a corps of grassroots volunteers and the Vermont-based Orton Family Foundation.