We took time last week to connect with our board of directors as we begin to craft our agenda and scope of work for the coming year. It's always so exciting to begin to think about next steps and new projects, and I have no doubt the coming year will be full of exciting things for our organization and the Grinnell community. As we took a look toward the future, we also took time to recall the projects we've accomplished and worked on over the past twelve months, and it's safe to say we've certainly kept ourselves busy! From fiber to childcare, and support for education and workforce development, to downtown planning and technology improvements, we have convened many meetings and made much progress in many of these areas, with more work to come.
When asked by a group of students just yesterday why developments often take so long, I reminded them that community development efforts seem to take about 2 steps forward to take 10 steps backward (very normal in that line of work!), but it's often the relationships built that help forge projects ahead. Relationships take time to build and nurture, but when they get to that point, they can be incredibly powerful. We are thankful for strong relationships with many of our members and board members as we work to identify our upcoming projects, knowing our work is strongly influenced by our membership at large.
What are you most looking forward to in the coming year? Any big projects at your business or in the community? Let us know by responding to this email!
p.s. Have you registered for our Grow with Google workshop and Marketing Power Hour yet? These events will both be held THIS week, and RSVP's are required. Sign-up for both today!