Monday, October 3, 2005
21-member ENVISION Selection Committee Announced
Dubuque , IA - The 21 volunteer members of the new ENVISION Selection Committee are announced today. This group of community people will be responsible for taking the over 2000 ideas currently submitted to the ENVISION office, and eventually narrowing the list down to 10 major ideas that will have a positive impact on the greater Dubuque area for years to come.
Steering Committee co-chairs, Nancy Van Milligen and Steward Sandstrom, both noted that the choices were difficult. "We had 70 excellent applicants from all parts of the community and all walks of life. It was a challenge to choose just 21 people when each applicant presented positive qualities in their application papers," Nancy said.
The committee is comprised of 11 men and 10 women, ranging in age from late teens to late sixties. Reflecting the community's make-up, the committee is primarily Caucasian, but has members who are African-American and Hispanic. They live in all corners of the community, and represent long-time residents, new-to- Dubuque citizens, retirees, and those employed in health and human services, banking, sa les, and labor. Some work for large companies, while others are self-employed and some members work for non-profit agencies.
Sandstrom said the committee will start meeting next week and will meet regularly to delve into the list and begin the discussion process. "Between now and the beginning of January, this group of 21 volunteers will learn a lot about each other and about the ideas that are important to others in the community, as they narrow the list down to 100. Then the community will weigh in on those 100 ideas at a Town Hall meeting in mid-November. That input will narrow the list further to 30 ideas, and the Selection Committee will take the list from 30 to the final 10 high-impact ideas for greater Dubuque by early January," he said.
The 21 volunteers comprising the Selection Committee are: Anthony Allen, Dustin Baker, Vicki Bechen, Jason Betke, Kelly Cooper, Flint Drake, Robert Eager, Jerry Enzler, Candace Eudaley, Gary Gansemer, Mary Gassman, Paul Hemmer, Linda Herbst, Sr. Helen Huewe, Cip Jungberg, Eileen LeMay, Wendy Scardino, Michael Shubatt, Deb Siegworth, Robert C. Wild and Katrina Wilberding.
ENVISION is a local grassroots process, run by volunteers, to engage tri-state area citizens in a community visioning process: an open, all-inclusive discussion to develop a variety of ideas for the future of greater Dubuque.