Through the rain they came—young and old, lifetime residents and new to break bread in celebration and collaboration.
For Harpers Ferry, this was the result of months of community conversations addressing key issues related to strengths and weaknesses, goals, and achievements. This Mayor's Dinner was the next step for Harpers Ferry to take necessary action for the future.
On June 11 at 5:30 in City Hall, Mayor Jerry Valley and Harpers Ferry/Vision for Our Future hosted a free dinner to discuss the results of six 'Community Conversation' sessions that have been a part of establishing a baseline of Harpers Ferry residents' dreams and needs.
Residents of Harpers Ferry were asked to respond to the following questions online and at six 'Community Conversation' events:
As a result of the community surveys, four themes rose to the top to form focus groups at the dinner.
Our Future for Harpers Ferry is...
How to get involved
If you missed out on any of this, there are still opportunities for you to join a focus group. To join a group or learn more, contact community coordinator Theresa Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563.380.2111.
About Harpers Ferry/Vision for Our Future
Harpers Ferry/Vision for Our Future is a community visioning project sponsored by the Allamakee County Community Foundation and the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative with the purpose of planning for the future of Harpers Ferry.
In 2014, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque received a $152,492 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program. RCDI helps community-based development organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes and other groups promote economic growth in low-income, rural communities. CFGD’s grant seeks to build greater prosperity and sustainability in four rural counties in Iowa and Jo Daviess County in Illinois. In Harpers Ferry, that effort has helped created Harpers Ferry/Vision for Our Future.