Corry’s visioning team reveals priorities


Months of public forums, surveys and online voting have resulted in new priorities for Corry’s future, and action teams to begin working on those priorities are being asked to form for the first time Wednesday evening.

The “Corry 2020” strategic planning process — funded with a grant from the Corry Community Foundation — has established a community blueprint for the next several years, said Steve Bishop, executive director of the Corry Higher Education Council and a participant on the coordinating committee.

“The old saying is that if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re never going to get there,” Bishop said. “This process has established what’s important to the people of Corry, and the people who care about Corry.”

The coordinating committee met Wednesday morning with consultant and project facilitator Renee Lamis of Erie to review several pages of results from the forums and survey.

From the 15 themes reviewed, the committee identified four broad themes and several potential project ideas within those themes.

The top four broad themes identified are:

• improve downtown Corry and neighborhoods

• enhance entertainment and cultural opportunities

• enhance recreational opportunities

• foster local entrepreneurialism and expand the business sector

The committee also selected a couple of project ideas that are not in the top four, such as “increase shopping options.” Some of the items on the list, such as that one, are not doable by volunteers.

The committee is now looking for interested area residents to rally around, select and begin working on those broad themes and other topics that were named of interest.

Area residents will begin that process during a meeting that will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Corry Higher Education Council, 221 N. Center St.

Participants will be given a brief overview of the effort to date, then will break into their areas of interest. With the assistance of facilitators from the coordinating committee, participants will begin the process of selecting their projects and moving forward.

Bishop asked area residents to review the “potential projects,” see if there’s an initiative they’d like to be involved in, and attend the Wednesday evening’s meeting. Participants will break into individual meetings under their respective categories. They will then determine how much support there is for the various projects outlined, and be provided with an outline on how to proceed.

The complete results from the forums and survey will be posted in the near future on

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