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Envision 2020 State of the Community Report

The just released Envision 2020 State of the Community Report is an updated look at the progress and plan of Envision 2020. Click to view the full report: Envision 2020 State of the Community Report

Community
Celebration
Gathering

  • The Community Celebration Gathering took place on October 21, 2014. It was a time to celebrate and recognize what has been accomplished since the inception of the Envision 2020 Community Vision plan in 2006. The meeting also engaged attendees in strategizing for the desired future state of the community. Materials given out at the event can be found below:
  • View the 2014 Envision 2020 Progress Report
  • View the Envision Tomorrow video

 

Announcements

  • Andrew Langholz, Envision 2020 Graduate Assistant, recently wrote an article published in the April edition of Minnesota Valley Business regarding the long range community visioning plan of Envision 2020. Click here to read the article.

Progress

  • Greater Mankato was recognized by Forbes as being #3 in the US for Best Small Places for Business & Careers!
  • Mankato/North Mankato is a Bronze Level Bike Friendly American City!
  • View the Greater Mankato Awards and Accolades infographic here.

Executive Summary of Envision 2020 Community Survey

Survey was completed a total of 585 times, 8 on mobile devices, 134 on paper surveys and the 443 taken online.

People that were involved in phase 1 of E2020

  • 91 respondents identified themselves as being involved in phase 1 of Envision 2020.

Rank of Key Performance Areas that are believed to be the most important to our future

  • 22% – 378 votes – Livability
  • 20% – 344 votes – Education
  • 6% – 337 votes – Economic Development
  • 1% – 242 votes – Community Planning & Regional Governance
  • 8% – 238 votes – Health & Human Services
  • 5% – 180 votes – Transportation

Top 5 most important goals and priorities

  • 759 – Business Development
  • 748 – Retain and attract an educated workforce
  • 688 – Optimize our existing resources/businesses to support a livable, sustainable and regional economy that supports controlled growth
  • 531 – Address affordable housing and the preservation of housing stock
  • 501 – Encourage the development of a multi-sport complex

Other Goals and Priorities

  • A sizable amount of respondents want a competition level swimming pool.
  • Many people want better sharing of resources between Mankato and N. Mankato
  • Attract jobs that provide a living wage
  • More youth opportunities and limiting activity fees for the youth (Including transportation)
  • Issues around poverty, affordable housing and diversity
  • Issues pertaining to public safety (i.e. domestic violence, number of police and fire, education)
  • Education for all ages (Especially early childhood and lifelong learners)
  • Address sprawl and sustainability
  • Transportation (i.e. for youth, future, cycling, to and from other regional hubs)

Avenues of how people would like to become involved

  • 263 people would like to be a part of focus groups
  • 98 people would like to become a KPA team member
    • Below is the breakdown of which KPA people specified they wanted to be a part of
      • 17 – Livability
      • 9 – Transportation
      • 9 – Education
      • 8 – Health & Human Services
      • 7 – Economic Development
      • 7 – Community Planning & Regional Governance
      • 3 – Any KPA
      • 1 – To be determined
      • 37 – Didn’t specify
    • 38 people would like to provide some sort of administrative help

Areas in which respondents reside

  • 452 respondents reside in Mankato or North Mankato
    • 300 from Mankato
    • 152 from North Mankato
  • 115 respondents reside outside of Mankato and North Mankato

Age

  • Average age is around 42 years old
  • 16 – 24 = 5.5%
  • 25 – 34 = 17.6%
  • 35 – 44 = 24.2%
  • 45 – 54 = 21.8%
  • 55 – 64 = 19.8%
  • 65+ = 11.1%

Key observations from subjective responses

  • Clarification must be made of how E2020 is considered to be a steering organization, rather than a rowing organization. Some respondents were confused why E2020 took credit for some of the accomplishments. Envision 2020 is an engine to raise awareness and apply pressure to organizations that enact change.
  • Community Planning & Regional Governance as defined in phase 1 is nearly completed.
  • New areas of focus can be applied to these KPAs based on comments from the survey. Areas which KPAs could now include are issue revolving around living wages, affordable housing, community diversity, expanding youth opportunities including transportation and the collaboration of Mankato and North Mankato for City services.