FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is Imagine Lubbock Together? Imagine Lubbock Together is a community-wide effort initiated by the Chamber and coordinated by Lubbock citizens just like you to frame, design and create a vision and roadmap for our community’s future. For more information visit www.imaginelubbocktogether.com
2. Why create a vision now? There has never been a better time to develop a shared vision for the future of our community as we are looking at improving our quality of life, attracting new businesses, better jobs, and preparing for the growth of our major universities.
3. What will the final result be? The vision will lead to a strategic plan that is transparent, accountable and specific, includes actionable items, and identifies who will be responsible for implementing those actions.
4. Who will decide what the vision for Lubbock is? YOU and other Lubbock citizens will decide Lubbock’s future by providing input during public gatherings, an interactive website, social media and exchanging information during group sessions.
5. Who will lead the vision and who is paying for it? The Chamber Board of Directors formed a diverse Steering Committee to lead the vision. David Seim and Connie Wharton, two long-time community leaders, lead the Steering Committee. The Committee selected ACP Visioning and Planning from a group of 18 national and state businesses that responded to the request for proposals to facilitate our vision and strategic planning.
Funding for the effort is being raised from private donations, big and small businesses and public donations.
6. What will the meetings in September be like? After a brief introduction to the process, you will be randomly assigned to a small group and will work for the reminder of the time with a trained volunteer facilitator. While in the small group you will conduct two activities:
• First, you will brainstorm ideas about what the community needs.
• Second, you will identify on a map of the city places that are strong and contribute to Lubbock’s quality of life and places that are weak and detract from it. Once your group has agreed on strong and weak places you will consider why strong places work and why weak places don’t.
7. How much time will it take to participate? The meetings in September will last two hours — not long considering the impact your ideas can have. The format of the four meetings is identical so you should participate in only one of them. Plan ahead now and select the meeting most convenient to you. Because all the work takes place in small groups, we recommend that you arrive promptly by the scheduled time of your preferred meeting to fully participate in the group activities.
8. What happens after the public meetings? All the ideas collected in the public meetings will be data-based, organized and posted on the web for anyone to review. Your ideas will be used to identify the shared community goals and principles that will serve as the foundation of the vision and strategic plan.
On October 18 you can participate in the Lubbock Vision Summit, an event designed to further discuss and ratify those goals and principles.
Finally, for a week starting on Saturday December 1, you will be able to participate in the Lubbock Charrette. During the Charrette the goals and principles derived from the ideas you suggested and ratified at the Summit will be transformed into specific recommendations.
9. Will I be able to share what I care about most? Yes, all ideas count! If you care about the future of our community and have thoughts and ideas about how to maintain and enhance its quality of life and all the things that are important to you, this is your opportunity to have those ideas heard.
10. Do I have to be an expert to contribute ideas? You are an expert if you live or work in Lubbock. Who knows the community better than someone who lives here?