One Decatur Steering Committee Invites Community to Summit on the Future

Mar 10, 2017

The citizen Steering Committee for One Decatur invites the community to come together on April 4 for an interactive workshop called the Summit on the Future. This event marks the second of three major phases of community input for Decatur’s comprehensive plan. The first phase, held in November 2016, engaged over 500 people in identifying ideas and opportunities for Decatur’s future. Jelisa Thompson, one of the Co-chairs for One Decatur encouraged everyone who participated in the Listening and Learning sessions to be sure to attend the Summit on the Future and let us know that we heard what you said correctly.

April 4 (Tuesday) 6:00-8:00pm
Ingalls Harbor Pavilion
802-A Wilson Street, NW

At the Summit, participants will learn about conditions that are shaping the city and its future, evaluate the draft vision and goals, and provide input on key questions that will guide the plan. They will have the opportunity to visit several topic areas based on their interests, such as neighborhoods and housing, economy and jobs, downtown and riverfront, transportation, public services and more. It’s a chance to help ensure that One Decatur is moving in the right direction.

“Everyone is invited” said committee co-chair Juanita Healy, “If you attended a Listening & Learning Workshop (in November), you’ll want to see how your ideas have been translated into the draft vision and goals. If you didn’t attend a previous workshop, this is a new opportunity to get involved in moving Decatur forward.”

Following the Summit, the focus of One Decatur will shift to making specific recommendations. Those recommendations will take the form of projects, policies, and programs that the city and/or partners will implement in the short term and long-term. Those recommendations will be shared at a third public event later this year.

The Summit on the Future will be family-friendly and appropriate for school-age children. Assistance for Spanish speakers will be available. Stratton Orr mentioned what a great experience it was for his son to attend one of the Listen and Learn sessions and be part of the process of planning for Decatur’s future.

One Decatur is a process to involve the community in creating a new Comprehensive Plan for the City of Decatur. It will build off the city’s past plans, identify core critical needs, define a long-term vision for the community, and serve as a guide for future development. While the Comprehensive Plan is a long-term policy guide, it will include both achievable short-term recommendations as well as more visionary, long-term ideas.

To learn more about One Decatur and to register for the Summit (not required but appreciated for planning purposes) please visit or contact Karen Smith, or 256-341-4725.