Pottawattamie, Oct. 7, Mid-America Center
Mills, Oct. 8, Our Lady of THe holy Rosary Church, Glenwood
Cass, Oct. 8, Plattsmouth State Bank
Sarpy, Oct. 9, PApillion South High SChool
Washington, Oct. 9, Blair City COuncil Chambers
Saunders, Oct. 10, Wahoo Performing Arts Center
Harrison, Oct. 10, Rand Center, Missouri Valley
Douglas, Nov. 5, Burke High School
Small Area Workshops
Bellevue/Offut, Nov. 4, Bellevue University, Muller Admin. Services Building
Downtown Omaha, Nov. 5, KANEKO
South Omaha, Nov. 6, Kroc Center
East Porttawattamie, Nov. 6, Oakland Community Center
Northeast Omaha, Nov. 7, Lake Point Community Center
Midtown Omaha, Nov. 7, Lewis & Clark Middle School
Heartland community members gathered in Council Bluffs Monday night for the first Heartland 2050 workshop. The event is a focused on developing a long-term vision and plan for the greater metro area in the year 2050. Organizers said the metro will look extremely different in 30 years, and planning ahead is the only way to ensure it will operate properly.
Greg Youell, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, explained, "Were going to probably double our population. If you think about how that's going to affect how you get to work, where people live, and where people work, and the costs of infrastructure it's very important that you be proactive and plan for that."
The areas population is projected to nearly double -- growing to 1.5 million people in 2050. At the meeting, community members laid out their ideas for Pottawattamie County. Discussing where people will live, work, play, travel, commute, where new buildings will be built, etc.
Organizers said Over the next two years Heartland 2050 will examine the key determinants of growth - using a scenario modeling approach. In addition there will be a series of public engagement opportunities including community values gathering, scenario planning workshops, and a regional town hall meeting to select a preferred scenario.
After the values collection phase, the public’s input and technical advice from local and national experts will be compiled into visual, interactive scenarios that show what future alternatives could look like and what they would cost.
This upcoming summer, MAPA staff members will visit farmers markets, community events, libraries, churches and more to gather opinions that could shape how our region develops in the next 30-plus years.
The public can take the survey at community events or online at Heartland2050.org.
There are a total of 8 counties set to have meetings though out October and November. Monday nights was the kick off.
For a full list of dates and locations check out the box to the right.