Once you have done your assessment, identified your history, have committed partners, and have discussed a community vision, you can get specific with your plan.
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1. Where are we now?
2. Where are we going?
3. How do we get there from here?
4. Evaluate: How did we do?
You already answered Question 1 when you did the assessment. Now answer Questions 2 and 3.
If you want a little more information, read on. Better still, read The Creative Community Builder’s Handbook, by Tom Borrup.
State History can bring facilitators to your community. This very effective 2-3 hour workshop will help you identify your heritage resources, begin to form partnerships, and identify a joint project to work on. Contact Wilson Martin.
Be sure to include all partners and stakeholders—in fact, as many community members as you can.Describe the community’s present reality (or—Where are we now?)
Review the community assets. You could map the physical assets on a big sheet of paper.
Add other pertinent information: Social and economic conditions, demographics, political realities, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.Get the big picture in focus (or—Where are we going?)
These planning steps were taken (loosely) from a valuable book called The Creative Community Builder’s Handbook. The information in this book is good and comprehensive, so we haven’t duplicated it here. Communities throughout Utah have used this process, and we highly recommend that you check this book out.
Image of the City, a book by Kevin Lynch, is a valuable resource for exploring ways to make a community more memorable and livable for visitors and residents.
See the State Historic Preservation Office's strategic plan for historic resources in Utah.
See State History's latest strategic plan.