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Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040

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Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040 is a movement based off an evolving plan created by the citizens of the Willmar Lakes Area after a lengthy consultation process with people from throughout the region via interviews, round table discussions, community chalkboards and surveys. The goal of this effort was to create a long range plan for building healthy communities where people wanted to live, work, do business and raise a family.
This resulted in a "roadmap" that identified 4 primary goals for our community through the year 2040. Work on those first four goals spawned a fifth goal - Health and Wellness.
The initial study that created the four goals was conducted in May of 2013 by a third party organization. Next Generation Consulting, who took input from citizens of the Willmar Lakes Area to determine what citizens wanted their communities to look like in the future. To move the resulting goals forward a steering committee was created and goal captains for each of the four (now five) goals were identified and host of specific initiatives were launched to achieve those goals. Your neighbors, friends, and coworkers have been working hard to achieve these goals. Learn more about these goals below.
Goal 1: Attract & Retain Goal 2: Economic Diversity Goal 3: Things To Do
Goal 4: Next-Gen Leaders Goal 5: Health & Wellness  



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From our community volunteers

“I'm honored to be part of Vision 2040 and the team that is forging the future of the Willmar Lakes Area community. We are a strong vibrant community that works hard and works together through partnerships and collaborative efforts. This spark of leadership for this is caused by people willing to risk failure to reach for success. We have seen there's no limit to what a group can do if the individuals don't care who gets the credit.”

Ken Warner, Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

“We are proud to be part of the Vision 2040 effort here at the community foundation because it aligns with our core mission to engage people, connect resources and build community. It was an easy choice to invest not only financial resources to support Vision 2040 but also to lend significat board and staff time to help drive this effort forward. It's transforming our communities for the future our residents dream about-using their ideas and energies to make good things happen organically in real time and for years to come-and we want to be part of making that possible!”

Sara Carlson, Willmar Area Community Foundation

I am excited to make a difference and feel confident to do so!

Alumni, Inaugural Class of 2015
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