Welcome back to the monthly DDA newsletter! With the 13 Ways Team back in town at the end of November with their final deliverable on the Elk Rapids community assessment project, we wanted to give you an update on what they had to say.
13 WAYS STRATEGIC VISION FOR ELK RAPIDS COMMUNITY
The 13 Ways team was back in Elk Rapids to give a final presentation on a strategic vision for the Elk Rapids area. On November 28, 2022, the team went over trends for changing consumer habits and unveiled a strategic vision. This final deliverable comes after two years of community assessments, gathering information from several groups and individuals, and giving recommendations for community development.
The vision includes a narrative on the Elk Rapids community, a vision statement, four key values, and the actions and milestones for accomplishing collective goals. The values that the team highlighted are communications and engagement, inclusive community, community investment, and collaboration.
You can read the entire document here: https://www.elkrapidschamber.org/13-ways-project/
DDA will be reviewing the recommendations to integrate them into the upcoming Economic Development Strategic Plan.
- DDA Board Members are reviewing budget request for the upcoming 2023-2024 fiscal year. Join the DDA at a Special meeting on December 7, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. to give your input on priorities in the new year!
- The DDA is revamping the com website. They have voted to continue investing with DERA (Downtown ER Association) and the Chamber to promote the website and Elk Rapids businesses.
ELK RAPIDS DDA UPCOMING DATES
Please join us for a Special DDA Meeting December 7, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. in Old Council Chambers to talk about the upcoming fiscal year’s budget and the Regular DDA Meeting December 14, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. that will take place at the Elk Rapids Government Center, 315 Bridge Street. We hope to see and collaborate with you there!