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The City of Collinsville is taking steps to improve critical areas of the community. A diverse group of 40 local leaders recently came together to develop an updated vision and direction for the city.

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The City of Collinsville is taking steps to improve critical areas of the community.

At the end of April, a diverse group of around 40 leaders came together to develop an updated vision and direction for the city.

Collinsville City Manager Pam Polk along with other City officials met with professional facilitators from the Grand River Dam Authority to assess the needs of the community and create various solutions.

“It was something we wanted to do … as far as visioning and planning for all different segments of the city,” Polk said, “what they wanted to see in the future, where we needed to go, just get ideas from all different walks of life.”

The participants teamed up to form six different committees that will work together in the coming months to create specific action items to propel them forward in their efforts.

The committees include: Infrastructure; Integrated Community Complex; Cleanup and Beautification; Economic Development; Vision Funding and Stability; and Communication, Marketing and Branding.

Some of the potential goals discussed involve: providing increased police presence at schools, creating an incentive cleanup program for local citizens, and developing a “brand image” of Collinsville that reflects the uniqueness of its quality of life, among others.

Another goal that generated high interest among participants was the construction of a large, multi-use recreational center, spearheaded by the Integrated Community Complex committee. The structure would facilitate a host of amenities such as a track and swimming pool for sporting events as well as a performing arts venue for entertainment events.

“What stuck out to me was the sports activity complex … that would cater to everyone, young and adult alike,” Polk said. “That was a resounding project that I heard from several people; that would be great.”

Over the next several months, the six committees will meet on a continual basis to develop these short- and long-term goals to help launch their ideas into reality.

“I’m personally excited about the number of people that showed up and the interest,” Polk said. “I was very pleased with those that came … and the ideas that came forward and the partnerships that I think will come from it.”

Those individuals interested in being a part of the City of Collinsville’s visioning and planning process in the future are encouraged to contact Sherry Campbell, communications coordinator for the City, at scampbell@cityofcollinsville.com.

Art is a seasoned reporter of over 15 years with an extended background in writing and editing for a variety of publications and organizations.