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What are community cafes?
They are small group conversations in an informal setting that give you the opportunity to share what you value about your community. You’ll also be able to describe your desires for the future and your top priorities for helping Bloomington continue to thrive.
The City is in the midst of a strategic planning effort that involves the community in planning Bloomington’s future. The “Bloomington. Tomorrow. Together.” initiative asks residents to volunteer to help design a strategic plan. City representatives will work in partnership with members of the community at every stage of the process, from the initial stages of understanding who and what Bloomington is, through the creation of a mission statement and strategic objectives, to planning the priorities for implementation and identifying the measurements for success.
There are several opportunities for the community to get involved, including the upcoming series of community cafes starting Saturday, October 16. At these events, people will have an opportunity to explore and share what it is they value about the places where they live, work or spend time. Additional cafes will be offered throughout the community. Visit blm.mn/btt for additional dates, times and locations.
“We hope the cafes will help draw out the hopes and desires that people have for the future, provide constructive avenues for expressing concerns and fears, identify challenges and barriers to progress, and celebrate the strengths that make Bloomington great,” City Manager Jamie Verbrugge said.
The city manager will make recommendations regarding the strategic plan to the City Council in early 2022 based on the information gathered from residents and feedback from the community members on the action team, the core planning team and the measurement team. Visit blm.mn/BTT for more information about the strategic planning process.