Community input sessions set for September 18 and October 1 in Whitley County
By Courtney Tritch
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership is launching a new project, the Our Story Project, and is seeking public input to help change the way we speak about our region. Workshops will be held in all 10 counties within Northeast Indiana and public participation will help establish the region's reputation--who we are, where we are going as a region and what Northeast Indiana will be known for. With key messages defined, people and organizations throughout Northeast Indiana will be able to tell a unified story about Northeast Indiana.
The workshops will consist of a series of interactive, proprietary exercises aimed at building and refining Northeast Indiana's story.
"By the end of this project, hundreds, if not thousands, of Northeast Indiana residents will have had a hand in shaping our story. We look forward to discovering what common themes emerge from all of the input," said Courtney Tritch, vice president of marketing at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. "This is a unique approach that hasn't been done on this scale before."
The workshops will be conducted in two phases. The first phase of workshops will focus on discovering the region's personality, while the second phase of workshops will center on how we talk about the region. The public is invited to attend any phase one and/or phase two workshop.
The first phase of workshops will be held the week of September 15:
Monday, September 15 from 7:00-10:30 am at Ramada Inn, 3855 Indiana 127, Angola
Monday, September 15 from 2:00-5:00 pm at La Quinta Inn, 306 Touring Drive, Auburn
Tuesday, September 16 from 7:00-10:30 am at Impact Institute, 580 Fairview Blvd., Kendallville
Tuesday, September 16 from 12:00-3:00 pm at LaGrange Public Library, 203 W. Spring St., LaGrange
Wednesday, September 17 from 7:00-10:30 am at Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, 10008 Dupont Circle Drive East, Fort Wayne
Wednesday, September 17 from 2:00-5:00 pm at Region 8 Education Service Center, 251 W 850 N, Decatur
Thursday, September 18 from 12:00-3:00 pm at Wells County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, 211 W. Water St., Bluffton
Thursday, September 18 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Parkview Whitley Hospital, 1260 E. State Road 205, Columbia City
Friday, September 19 from 7:00-10:30 am at Wabash County Chamber of Commerce, 210 S. Wabash St., Wabash
The second phase of workshops will be held the week of September 29:
Monday, September 29 from 7:00-10:30 am at Ramada Inn, 3855 Indiana 127, Angola
Monday, September 29 from 2:00-5:00 pm at Waterloo Train Depot, 215 W. Van Vleek St., Waterloo
Tuesday, September 30 from 7:00-10:30 am at Noble County Public Library, 813 E. Main St., Albion
Tuesday, September 30 from 2:00-5:00 pm at Shipshewana Event Center, 760 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana
Wednesday, October 1 from 7:00-10:30 am at Parkview Whitley Hospital, 1260 E. State Road 205, Columbia City
Wednesday, October 1 from 12:00-3:00 pm at Manchester University, JYSC Hoff Room - 2nd Floor, North Manchester
Wednesday, October 1 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Huntington University, 2303 College Ave., Huntington*
Thursday, October 2 from 7:00-10:30 am at Clock Tower Inn, 1335 US 27 N, Berne
Thursday, October 2 from 12:00-3:00 pm at Wells County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, 211 W. Water St., Bluffton
Thursday, October 2 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Pizza Hut Corporate Office, 7100 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne
Friday, October 3 from 7:00-10:30 am at Huntington University, 2303 College Ave., Huntington*
Seating is limited. RSVPs will be taken on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a spot, visit www.neindiana.com/rsvp.
The Our Story Project is sponsored by 21Alive, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Parkview Health.
For more information about the Our Story Project, visit www.neindiana.com/ourstory.