About ValpoNEXT

We energize Valpo residents to be a meaningful part of shaping our city’s future by serving as the "on-ramp" for civic engagement and by stewarding the long-range Vision Plan.

ValpoNEXT is a  non-profit, 501c(3) organization, established with support from the City of Valparaiso, and dedicated to helping the Valparaiso community realize its bold, long-term vision as put forth in the ValpoNEXT Vision Plan, developed by hundreds of citizens and formally adopted by the City Council in 2014.

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ValpoNEXT Asset Based Community Development Training

ValpoNEXT will be partnering with George Terrell to create a workshop around Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) here in Valparaiso. Rather than organizing people and communities around
needs, asset-based community development seeks to identify assets. Everyone in our community has unique gifts that they would like to give to make the community better. All we have to do is to invite them.

Date, location, pricing and other details to be determined. Check back soon for details or make sure you are subscribed to our email list to get updates as soon as they are available.

ValpoNEXT Civic Reflection Training

WHEN? April 1st 6:30pm

Civic reflection is a discussion model that uses readings, images and video to engage people in productive conversation about issues that impact their communities and work, as well as build bridges of understanding in the midst of differences. This training will give you the tools to facilitate difficult dialogue in a variety of contexts.

Space is limited, please reserve your spot soon. This is a FREE program, though donations are welcome.

ValpoNEXT’s vision states that “Valparaiso aspires to be the most civically engaged city of its size.” The full ValpoNEXT vision plan is available here.

This program is made possible by a partnership with Valparaiso Unversity’s Institute for Leadership & Service Civic Reflection Initiative.

Join ValpoNEXT’s Civic Incubator Pitch Night

The Next Great Idea for Valpo Could Be Yours

ValpoNEXT is hosting a Pitch Night on February 28, 2019. Participants will offer their BIG ideas to improve our city and compete to win a $250 prize for the best idea.

    * Tap into other community resources
    * Get feedback on your ideas

Submit ideas to pitch here.

See additional updates here.

Vision Plan

880+ Citizens

2,090 Pieces of Input

9 Initiatives & 43 Actions

ValpoNEXT started in 2014 as a community-driven process to prepare the long-term Vision Plan for the City of Valparaiso. During a year-long planning process, a broad range of citizens thought creatively and acted boldly to create a plan that ensures Valpo will remain a leading place to live, work and play for decades to come.

Today ValpoNEXT is the name of the community-led nonprofit charged with keeping these aspirations alive and seeing the Vision Plan through.

You can download the original plan here.