Give Your Feedback on the Plan’s Five Pillars

A successful Comprehensive Plan must accommodate and adapt to the aspirations and values of the county. As part of our early public engagement activities, five pillar statements have emerged that reflect these aspirations and values. The pillar statements are intended to be all inclusive and visionary. During times of conflict, the County can look to the pillars as a way to find common ground and shared values. The pillars will offer a source of energy and enthusiasm for maintaining a commitment to the future of Stearns County.

Let us know what you think of the following pillar statements by taking the survey below.

  • Living

    Stearns County shares a broad set of values about ourselves and the place where we live. We will continue to embrace a shared feeling of belonging, acceptance, and trust. The success of the County as a whole depends on the contributions and engagement of every individual to make Stearns County a great place to call home.
  • Agriculture

    Stearns County’s agricultural heritage is the root of our prosperity and identity. Through product diversity, innovation, and sustainable practices, we will enhance and promote the advancement of our agricultural economy.
  • Business

    Stearns County will invest in economic development strategies that are rooted in our shared values, skills, and identity. This will require a balanced economy that supports our existing businesses, while attracting new business that encourages entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity.
  • Nature

    Stearns County recognizes the inherent value of the natural environment and connecting people to nature. We are committed to protecting, preserving, and restoring our natural resources, while offering outdoor recreational opportunities. This will require sustainable practices that balance growth between urban and rural communities.
  • Connectivity

    Stearns County’s infrastructure, facilities, and services play an important role in connecting the places where we live, work and play. We recognize the inherent responsibility in maintaining these systems in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner. Enhancing these systems will require public and private partnerships that strive to maintain our quality of life.

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