The eight study action teams have been hard at work moving Eagan forward. Be sure to check out their updates to see what the teams are envisioning for Eagan.
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What will the future of Eagan be?
What do we want the next generation—our children and grandchildren—to know about us or appreciate about the legacy we left in the community?
To answer these questions, we have launched a community visioning exercise called Eagan Forward.
Eagan Forward was initiated to create an inclusive, candid process to give Eagan an opportunity to address its challenges, engage new leaders, assess the trends impacting the region, and identify a new vision for the area’s current and future residents.
On January 28, 2016, the Eagan Forward plan, a vision for Eagan's next 20 years, was rolled out to the community.
Now, the entire community is tasked with executing on the strategies outlined in the Eagan Forward plan. Eight strategies will be lead by community Study Action Teams and City staff will take the lead on six more efforts.
Wanna get involved or have some ideas to share? Send an email to the Eagan Forward team.
Study Action Teams are groups of diverse, community volunteers and stakeholders. The teams work together for a set period of time to study specific recommendations, and suggest (or take) a course of action. The teams will keep three goals in mind as they meet:
1. Learning and understanding the technical issues at play
2. Determining where decisions are made that affect the issue at hand; and,
3. Finding the deep roots of the community’s motivation and deeply held values.
To launch Eagan Forward, the eight study action teams will help the community determine next steps and actions to make the Eagan Forward plan a reality for the following strategies:
1. Keep seniors engaged
2. Amenities for Millennials & Baby Boomers
3. Become a welcoming community
4. Amenities for families and school-aged children
5. Eagan makerspace
6. Economic strategy for Eagan’s arts and cultural sector
7. Community art center
8. Attract new restaurants and retail
Sign up today to join a Study Action Team.
The City of Eagan has teamed with futurist and economist Rebecca Ryan of Next Generation Consulting. Having accomplished tremendous growth and progress as a community, Eagan is undertaking this effort to hear what goals and aspirations residents and business people have for our city in the decades to come. The objective is for Eagan to have a renewed vision of itself and a clear, prioritized implementation plan to achieve that vision. To make Eagan Forward a success, we need to hear from all of our residents, business people, and stakeholders.
Over the past several months, there have been opportunities to participate in Eagan Forward. Chalkboards have been placed around town and at community events asking folks to jot down a response to the question “My Wish for the Community is…”. There were also be a series of focus groups on October 28 & 29 to hear from the public, along with many other opportunities to share feedback via social media and cityofeagan.com. All of the feedback received has compiled and shared with Next Generation Consulting. Rebecca and her team also compared Eagan’s quality of life to other similar cities in Minnesota and the United States. In the end, we received the Eagan Forward plan with specific suggestions on how we can make the vision a reality.
The Eagan Forward Steering Committee is a diverse group of 10 residents who applied and were appointed by the City Council to lead the visioning effort.
At the first meeting on September 17, the committee agreed to the following operating principles:
February 2015—contract with Next Generations Consulting approved
September 17 & 18—10-member Steering Committee Kick Off; Consultants Rebecca Ryan and Bradley Thomason interviewed 20 stakeholders in the community
September 23—Chalkboards first set up at Eagan Market Fest
October 28 & 29—Four community focus groups held
November and December—Rebecca will receive the community input, create the Eagan Forward draft plan
November 20—Last day to provide feedback
January 12, 2016—City Council will take action to affirm the direction/strategies of the Eagan Forward draft plan
January 28, 2016—Eagan Forward Launch Party
February 23, 2016—Study Action Team Kickoff
May 27, 2016—Study Action Team Check-in