About 150 people attended virtual and live events held in October and November and shared their vision for Bloomington’s future. This was a foundational part of the Bloomington. Tomorrow. Together. strategic planning process. More than 100 people also provided input through online forums. When respondents were asked about their top priorities to help Bloomington thrive, the following themes emerged:
Community recreation and amenities – indoor and outdoor;
Bloomington identity, belonging and sense of community;
Public infrastructure and services;
Support for local businesses;
Housing, public safety and education.
Participants also shared their thoughts about what challenges would be most significant for Bloomington over the next three to five years. Six main themes emerged: housing; infrastructure and development; safety, crime and police; community divide; climate change; and an aging population.
To read the full report of feedback gathered through online engagement and in-person community café events, visit blm.mn/btt.
After the information gathering and outreach efforts, the core planning team held a retreat on December 2 – 4 to work on a draft of the strategic plan. The action and measurement teams are expected to finish working out additional details of the plan by the end of February.
Bloomington. Tomorrow. Together. is the City’s most collaborative strategic planning effort to date. For more information, visit blm.mn/btt.