Kalamazoo has a vision for its future: action
Over 16 months from 2015 to 2017 a diverse group of more than 3,500 community voices joined together to explore opportunities, break down barriers, and chart new directions for themselves, their families, neighborhoods, and city over the coming decade. At open houses, community picnics, art hops, and through online surveys, people from every neighborhood contributed ideas about places, programs, policies, investments, and communal goals and values that were most important to them. Together, a vision was created to enhance quality of life for all, to embrace how diversity strengthens Kalamazoo, and to seek continuous community engagement. As one community, oriented like never before around action, Kalamazooans imagine having more jobs and less poverty, and providing all young people with the jump-start they need in life; they imagine making a more prosperous and equitable city, where anyone would want to live and raise a family; and they imagine creating a more beautiful and livable city that is more innovative and connected. Kalamazoo imagines: Kalamazoo acts.
The Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic_Vision was approved by the City Commission on July 17, 2017.