Sierra Vista’s ‘Dream Your City’ receives Best Public Outreach award | Community Spirit
The City’s Dream Your City visioning process not only won residents’ nods of approval and participation, it’s being awarded this year’s Best Public Outreach by the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). The award was given at the annual Arizona APA conference on September 26 in Scottsdale, AZ.
Similar campaigns by other Arizona communities competed for this top recognition for promoting, educating, and informing the public about planning-related issues.
Dream Your City became the front-runner with its outreach beyond the typical public meetings. It engaged residents in a multitude of ways: residents hosted their own meetings, invited City staff to organizational meetings, and introduced residents to a new online engagement tool, Mindmixer at www.SpeakupSierraVista.com.
Further setting Sierra Vista apart from crowd was Dream with Your Classroom that packaged a full curriculum for teens so that they could add their insights as future community leaders. Dream with Your Classroom helped the City bridge the gap, reaching out to a younger population typically left out of City decision-making.
“We’re very honored to have received this award,” says Donald Brush, Sierra Vista community development director. “This was a citywide effort involving multiple City departments, commission members, local schools, and our residents. This was possible because of residents overwhelming support, participation, and willingness to dream of a future Sierra Vista.”
Dream Your City was the first step to updating the City’s General Plan called Vista 2030. The City is now incorporating residents’ comment into the new draft plan, which will go to voters for consideration in November 2014.
The APA is a national, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA is dedicated to advancing the art, science, and profession of good planning -- physical, economic, and social -- to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. For more information about the APA, visit www.planning.org