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The Second Visioning Workshop May 19, 2010

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The second visioning workshop was held on February 10th, 2010 at the Oakland City University Campus in Bedford. Over 80 residents assisted planners from Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates in prioritizing the Strengths, Weaknesses, and Opportunities that were developed in the first visioning workshop held in January.  Through this process, the following visioning statement was created:

“A small town with a strong sense of community, the City of Bedford offers excellent city services; a safe environment to live, work and play; a low-cost of living and is geographically situated in close proximity to larger metropolitan areas, such as Bloomington, Indianapolis and Louisville.  With a strong commitment to its core vision, “United in hometown values & committed to growth for future generations,” Bedford will capitalize on its strengths while focusing on promoting healthier lifestyle opportunities for all ages, promoting economic development opportunities provided by Crane NSWC and the new interstate and revitalizing the downtown to showcase the unique heritage and character of the community.”

The visioning workshops served a second purpose.  Results of the SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) guided planners in creating Goals and Objectives that would fulfill the future needs of Bedford.  The Goals and Objectives that were created will also be the driving force behind the recommendations found in the 2040 Bedford Comprehensive Plan.

The next step of the comprehensive planning process is the mayor appointed steering committee meetings.  The steering committee will meet for three all-day meetings which will allow them to expand on the Goals and Objectives developed during the visioning workshops.  Following the series of steering committee meetings, a draft comprehensive plan will be available for public viewing.  The draft comprehensive plan release date has yet to be determined.

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