Methodology

The Vision 2030 Citizens’ Committee was charged with capturing the values and important qualities of our community to help future decision making by:

  • Gathering the wisdom of valley residents
  • Updating the 1994 Vision 2020 report
  • Defining a vision that retains and sustains our heart and soul assets for generations to come through community stewardship

To ensure county-wide participation, a diverse group of Routt County citizens formed the Vision 2030 Citizens’ Committee and met regularly to create a two-year collaborative process consisting of five phases:

  • Inviting small groups to participate in identifying elements of “heart and soul”
  • Listening and learning from large groups’ ideas and prioritizing them, using keypad polling technology
  • Designing “What if” scenarios to define future alternatives
  • Defining an approach to developing recommendations for actions
  • Putting ideas into action with a vision for the future with desired outcomes and recommended actions
What this report does

Gathers information
Updates the Vision 2020 report
Defines a collective vision
Identifies desired outcomes
Delivers recommendations for achievement

What this report does not do

Define methods for achieving desired
outcomes
Assign tasks to individuals or groups
Determine or generate funding
Monitor outcomes

What’s next

Create a citizens’ stewardship committee and action groups to ensure that desired outcomes and recommended actions are fulfilled.

This is a 20-year vision driven by long-term perspective. These recommendations may not identify all interested groups or individuals. Methodology and mechanisms for achieving the outcomes, including funding, are not determined by Vision 2030, but by post-report experts, champions and groups that carry these recommendations forward.

Actions on some recommendations may already be under way. Increased awareness and tracking of these efforts may be necessary.

The methods used to determine desired outcomes and recommendations involved participation from a wide cross-section of the community. These outcomes and recommendations are not the product of the committee, but of the participatory process that was both representative of the whole county and included a greater number of people than the Vision 2020 process. The committee’s role was to synthesize what it heard and to do it as deliberatively and accurately as possible. The outcomes and recommendations are a compilation of the expectations and desires of citizen participants from across Routt County, not of any one special interest group.


Genesis of the Vision 2030 Committee

Inspired by a Nov. 21, 2005 memo from a Routt County resident to city and county officials requesting a process to identify and define the community’s “heart and soul,” a group of individuals and local government representatives gathered to discuss the proposal. This request was prompted by the City of Steamboat Springs’ 2005 community survey, conducted by Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, which included an open-ended question asking respondents to “describe the elements of Steamboat Springs’ ‘sense of community,’ its ‘heart and soul,’ which are most important to you.” Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak noted that many of the issues brought forth from the memo and first meeting were addressed in the 1994 Vision 2020 report. She and County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush participated in the earlier two-year visioning process and recognized the need for an update to this document. The 27 invited attendees at this meeting formed a steering committee and devised a budget and method for a new visioning process. Current Vision 2030 committee members include some who participated in the 1992-94 Vision 2020 project.

Project Management

Tammie Delaney was hired as project manager to provide administrative and management support to the committee. The committee advertised the position of project manager, reviewed proposals and conducted interviews. The project manager has been responsible for support at all public meetings, project design, overall management, project coordination, meeting planning, coordination and facilitation, project communications and public relations.

Citizens’ Committee
Marsha Daughenbaugh(Co-Chair, Elk River Valley)
Kathy Stokes (Co-Chair, Elk River Valley)
Tammie Delaney (Project Manager, West Routt)
Lynn Abbott (Steamboat Springs)
Steve Aigner* (Steamboat Springs)
Towny Anderson (Steamboat Springs)
Tracy Barnett (Steamboat Springs)
Meg Bentley (Steamboat Springs)
Maggie Berglund (Steamboat Springs)
Diane Brower * (Steamboat Springs)
Diane Mitsch Bush (Steamboat Springs)
Gretchen Daley (South Routt)
Tim Frentress (West Routt)
Jim Fulks* (Steamboat Springs)
Sandy Evans Hall (Steamboat Springs)
Judy Guerin (West Routt)
Todd Hagenbuch (South Routt)
Nancy Howell (Steamboat Springs)
George Hresko* (Steamboat Springs)
Paul Hughes (Steamboat Springs)
Marion Kahn (Steamboat Springs)
Karen Kosakowski (North Routt)
Stacey Kramer* (Steamboat Springs)
Holly Larson (Steamboat Springs)
Gavin Malia (Steamboat Springs)
CJ Mucklow (North Routt)
Lyman Orton (Steamboat Springs)
John Spezia (Steamboat Springs)
Karen Tussey* (South Routt)
Fred Wolf (North Routt)
* indicates committee chair

Funding, The budget is based on a two-year project. The City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County each contributed $77,000. This amount has been supplemented in contributions from in-kind and technology support from the Orton Family Foundation. Area businesses and other municipalities provided additional financial support. Pie chart showing the percentages of expenses.


Timeline of Vision 2030 progress

APRIL 2007

  1. Surveys created, distributed
    • Demographic information
    • What places, characteristics and aspects are most valued
    • What do you hope to see, feel or experience
    • What should be done
    • Rank importance vs. threatened
  2. Review of Vision 2020
    • Survey to identify perceptions about Vision 2020 accomplishments
    • Review committee included 97 participants in seven meetings
  3. Public relations
    • Public service announcements for surveys on local media
    • Web site links to Vision 2030 incorporated on local websites
    • Meeting, survey announcements, ads & promotions
    • Newspaper articles in Steamboat Today & Pilot, The Local
    • YouTube video, posters and brochures, social networking
    • Slide show prepared by Routt County school children depicting
      things in the valley that are important to them

NOV 2007

  1. Community gatherings
    • Five community gatherings in North Routt, Steamboat Springs, West Routt and South Routt with round table discussions exploring “What do you most value about living here” and “Living here 20 years from now, what would enhance it – making it better or easier to live here?” using keypad polling for prioritization.

MARCH 2008

  1. Surveys completed
    • 1,200 residents responded.
    • Data Analysis Committee compiled the findings from the gatherings and surveys, developing a database using citizens’ committee members and volunteers to analyze and categorize more than 7,600 responses. Comments were grouped into the following categories: amenities, beauty, community, culture, diversity, economy, environment, friendliness, government, heritage, housing, recreation, safety, small town feel, transportation, other.

AUG 2008

  1. Published interim report
    • Focus on key findings: community character and managing growth
    • Three distributions in Steamboat Pilot and Today
    • Findings discussed with Routt County commissioners and Steamboat Springs City Council
  2. Established focus groups
    • Twelve focus groups with 60 participants with subject area expertise were tasked with developing “Desired Outcomes and Recommended Actions” from survey and gathering comments. These groups were: affordable housing, agriculture and open space, arts and culture, economy, education, government, heritage, planning, recreation, seniors, sustainability, and youth.

NOV 2008

  1. Community gatherings
    • Presentations in North Routt, Steamboat Springs, South Routt, and West Routt to describe report findings, including focus on community character and managing growth, and to seek validation for these findings using roundtable discussions and keypad polling. Results reinforced findings of surveys and previous gatherings.

JAN 2008

  1. Final report compilation begins
    • Led by a final report committee with technical assistance for writing and graphics sub-contracted.

APRIL 2009

  1. Final report
    • Full report distributed on website, to municipalities and county, and also upon request or in digital format.