Sponsors Council Kick Off began with a group photo and a statement by Sponsors Council Chair, Mayor Darwin Hindman. Mayor Darwin Hindman stated that all citizens should have the opportunity to join the visioning process; that a shared vision for Columbia will help us anticipate our destiny; and that the vision plan developed by citizens will be our guide and not a dust collector. He then went on to introduce the other Sponsors: Dr. Gerald Brouder, President of Columbia College, Dr. Phyllis Chase, Superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, Dr. Brady Deaton, Chancellor of the University of Missouri, Dr. Wendy Libby, President of Columbia College, Keith Schnarre, Boone County Presiding Commissioner and Bill Watkins, City Manager. The Mayor then announced a Community-Wide Vision Survey available to Sept. 6th through Sept. 27th. The purpose of this survey is to gauge potential areas of interest for planning Columbia’s future. It was then announced that applications are being accepted for 2 Vision Committee Co-Chairs and Citizen Topic Group Co-Facilitators. The Mayor then announced upcoming Fall Vision Festivals where the public can come and learn more about the vision process and sign up to participate as well as different locations where vision tables will be hosted such as the Heritage Festival, September Twilight Festivals and Columbia Festival of the Arts.
Two consultants selected as finalists for the visioning process gave 15 minute presentations to the Sponsors Council. The consultants were ACP, Visioning and Planning, New York and National Civic League/Civic Results, Denver. Presentations were followed by a question and answer session moderated by Rod Gellat. The public was then allowed to submit questions through the moderator. Sponsors Council then held a discussion to select the consultant to recommend for hire to the City Council. ACP, Visioning and Planning was selected and announced.
Meeting was adjourned.