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 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.
The Envision Madison Executive Board made the decision to hire Robert Grow and Envision Utah as consultants for Envision Madison.
- Gary Archibald - Co-Chair
- Lori Woodland - Co-Chair
- Kim Clark - President, BYU-Idaho
- Jon Weber - Madison County Commisioner
- Glen Dalling - Mayor, Sugar City
- Richard Woodland - Mayor, City of Rexburg
- Randall Porter - Committee Member
- Jeff Walters - Committee Member
- Carlos Aponte - Committee Member
- Richard Smith - Committee Member
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.
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Frequently asked questions about Envision Madison.
Who is invited to participate in Envision Madison?
EVERYONE living, or with a vested interest, in Madison County.
Who is Madison Economic Partners, Inc.?
Madison Economic Partners, Inc. is a nonprofit (501 (c) 4), founded in 1987 by Madison County to "define, support and promote policies and activities which contribute to the economic stability and growth of Madison County" (MEPI Bylaws). Today MEPI is made up of an all-volunteer board representing various interests in the community. Visit www.madisoneconomicpartners.org for more information.
Why is Madison Economic Partners sponsoring Envision Madison?
As a non-political, non-governmental organization, Madison Economic Partners serves as a sounding board for agricultural, small businesses, city, county, educational, manufacturing, medical, public utilities and other concerns and interests within the county. The purpose of Envision Madison is to engage members of the community (public and private entities, citizens and other interests groups), to have their voices heard and to form a common vision for the future.Envision Madison helps MEPI to fulfill its mission of: "define[ing], support[ing] and promote[ing] policies and activities which contribute to the... stability and growth of Madison County."
How did Envision Madison get started?
A member of the community went to a conference where Robert Grow of Envision Utah was a speaker. This individual was impressed with the process that Mr. Grow outlined— a process used around the country, from San Diego, CA; New Orleans, LA; the State of Utah; and many more communities, both large and small— and recommended that leaders in Madison County find out more.Rexburg and County leaders asked Robert Grow to come and present to Madison Economic Partners in the fall of 2012. Impressed with the process (and past successes) that were presented, Madison Economic Partners asked that it be the organization to head up a similar process in Madison County. Initially, Gary Archibald, a MEPI board member, was asked to chair an Executive Committee. This Executive Committee, along with a stakeholders group of local citizens, guides the Envision Madison process. The Executive Committee met and made the decision to engage Robert Grow and Envision Utah to facilitate the effort.
Who is on the Executive Committee?
Members of the Executive Committee are:
- Gary Archibald, Co-Chair
- Lori Woodland, Co-Chair
- Kim Clark, President BYU-Idaho
- Richard Woodland, Mayor of Rexburg
- Glen Dalling, Mayor of Sugar City
- Jon Weber, Madison County Commissioner
- Randall Porter, Committee Member
- Carlos Aponte, Committee Member
- Richard Smith, Committee Member
- Jeff Walters, Committee Member
Who is part of the larger Stakeholder group?
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. Read more >
Who is paying for Envision Madison?
Envision Madison is paid for through donations, grants, private and public contributions. Envision Madison would like to act on the findings of the study in the months and years ahead, as well as serving as an advocate for the public to make sure that the policies, and measures proposed take effect; as such, Envision Madison is an ongoing process which requires all of our support. If you would like to contribute please follow this link.
How do I become involved?
In the month of June Envision Madison will hold a Kickoff event on June 13th, at Madison High School, and several Community Workshops around the County. Please plan on attending the Kickoff and at least one of the Community Workshops. In the fall and winter look for more community meetings as well as reports on the findings of the Community Workshops.
Is Envision Madison just for people who agree with modern planning?
No. Envision Madison seeks to bring all parties to the table. Only by understanding the desires of the entire community can the community work together to make those desires a reality.
Envision Madison makes the following assumptions:
- Residents have the right to choose their future—public officials should serve that vision.
- The "public" will make good choices if presented with real options.
- Preserving our quality of life as a community and protecting individual and private property rights is essential.
- Implementation is local. A county wide vision enables cooperation and exploration of potential implementation strategies.
- Citizens and leaders determine in for our communities which strategies make the most sense to implement.
Who is Envision Utah?
Envision Utah is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, explore the Envision Utah website.
Why was Envision Utah selected to assist in Envision Madison?
As a nationally recognized organization Envision Utah has assisted in many visioning projects across the country and internationally. As pioneers in regional planning, as well as a proven track record of successes, Envision Utah was the natural choice to guide our visioning process.
What is the desired outcome of Envision Madison?
To understand the will of the people, and ensure that their decisions are reflected in the policy decisions that will effect us, our children and grandchildren.