On Monday, July 23rd, ValpoNEXT gave its annual update to the Valparaiso City Council. This presentation served as an update for the city on the achievements of ValpoNEXT and the current projects underway.
During this presentation, ValpoNEXT president Eric Zosso went over the ValpoNEXT Vision Plan crafted in 2014. After several public forums involving community input, a plan was crafted with 43 initiatives designed to make Valparaiso the most civically engaged city of its size. Zosso emphasized that ValpoNEXT was organized through citizen input and action.
The slide presentation is given below.
After Zosso’s presentation, Mayor Jon Costas and members of the city council were asked for feedback on ValpoNEXT’s presentation. Costas was resoundingly supportive of the non-profit’s vision plan. When discussing the civic engagement that formulated the ValpoNEXT vision plan, Costas remarked, “Every good idea begins with a conversation, but those conversations need to happen.”
ValpoNEXT’s work centers on connecting involved citizens with one another to enact local good. Costas continued, “A group like this helps stay focused on long-term goals, creating a sustainable unity.”
The Mayor’s remarks were followed by comments by the city council and members of ValpoNEXT. City council members asked for clarification on the specific actions ValpoNEXT is currently undertaking in the community. Zosso gave several examples of actions which are being supported by ValpoNEXT (which you can find out more about in further detail in the Podcast section of the ValpoNEXT website).
Then, the Mayor thanked the members of ValpoNEXT for their volunteer work and asked them to stand and introduce themselves. Board members, interns, and coordinator Kathy Sipple were all in attendance.
The meeting then continued on to discuss unrelated content related to Valparaiso events.