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Forward 2040 Themes

Bloomington experienced significant growth during the period between 1950 and 1970 and is now considered “built out”.  While little undeveloped land remains, growth will continue to occur through redevelopment.  Bloomington today is much different than it was in 1970 - and will be in 2040.  Looking back helps us envision the direction and magnitude of potential future changes and how we may need to adjust.  These changes are embodied in several key themes woven throughout Forward 2040 that highlight opportunities and challenges we will need to address moving forward.  These include:

  • Meeting the needs of a changing resident population:  Bloomington’s resident population is aging and becoming more racially and culturally diverse.  Forward 2040 discusses strategies to accommodate these changes and embrace the social and cultural opportunities created by these changes.
  • Enhancing community image and identity:  Many of Bloomington’s public facilities, commercial areas, and neighborhoods are 40 to 50 years old and are showing signs of age.  Forward 2040 recommends strategic investments in community renewal and enhancing opportunities for community engagement and community building.
  • Managing technological and economic transitions:  Rapid advances in technology are profoundly changing the way we communicate, do business, and get around.  At this time, we don’t have a clear picture of the scope and magnitude of how these changes will impact Bloomington specifically.  Forward 2040 provides guidance on managing this transition period by maintaining a high level of awareness and remaining flexible to respond in a timely manner.  It also identifies opportunities to utilize new technologies to enhance delivery of services and increase efficiencies.
  • Leveraging partnerships to maximize resource utilization:  As resources are continually stretched, working with partners is increasingly important in providing services to meet new and changing needs.  Forward 2040 identifies opportunities to expand upon and strengthen our partnerships.