What will Madison County look like in 50 years?
Madison County is a rural county in Eastern Idaho that includes Rexburg and Sugar City. Citizens of this area face unique challenges as a rural community with a large and growing university that is Brigham Young University-Idaho.
How can the Rexburg and BYU-Idaho best work together to accommodate student housing needs and create a vibrant central city that everyone can enjoy? How can the area develop the jobs that will allow young people to stay in the community long term? What will activate the downtown and blend with the scale and charm of existing buildings and surrounding neighborhoods? These are among the questions Madison County's visioning process explores as we work with citizens and their leaders toward a vision for the future. Envision Madison is a community driven effort to help identify and develop a "vision" for the future of Madison County.
The goal of Envision Madison is to bring citizens together in a process that explores potential decisions to shape future growth. At the conclusion of the process, community leaders will know which planning strategies resonate with citizens and stakeholders. These strategies will serve as the basis for a vision. The vision will act as a voluntary framework to support land use planning, economic development, open space planning, and transportation in the city.
The process for Envision Madison is designed to create and build on public engagement at every stage of the process. Our stakeholders are involved in promoting the visioning process to their associates, friends and neighbors. The videos, slide shows, and other media on this page is here for you to catch up on the progress that Envision Madison has accomplished. Please watch, read and learn more, and when you are ready, register with Envision Madison.
Community events are the core of our visioning process. These events will allow you to express your values and preferences regarding growth, and to help Envision Madison create a citizen supported long-term growth vision. As Robert Grow has said: "We believe if we give good people good information, they will make good choices." This is the heart of our visioning endeavor. The public workshops are the first step in this process.
The Executive Board is the governing body for Envision Madison; the Executive Board operates under the auspices of Madison Economic Partners. The Executive Board has the responsibility to oversee the day-to-day activities of Envision Madison, help in fundraising, and to be the spokesmen for the visioning effort.
Envision Madison Stakeholders were chosen by the Executive Board to represent the different occupations, areas, and interests of Madison County. Envision Madison Stakeholders therefore represent a large and diverse group of community leaders and citizens. The Stakeholder group ensures that a transparent and public process is preserved as Envision Madison explores the challenges associated with growth.