City of Sisters. The City of Sisters is leading Sisters Country Horizons. It’s part of the City’s commitment to renew and update its vision first created in 2007. The Mayor and Council, City Manager, Community Development Department, and Administrative staff are all pitching in to help make the project a success. NXT Consulting Group of Portland and Bend is advising the City in this initiative.
Our Project Partners. Other organizations are partnering with Sisters Country Horizons. The Deschutes County Community Development Department and Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) are contributing budget and staff time. Additionally, working through COIC, Portland State University’s Oregon’s Kitchen Table project is guiding our community meetings and kitchen table conversations.
Our Supporters and Volunteers. A number of groups have already lent their assistance, in-kind support and/or volunteer time to Sisters Country Horizons, including Citizens4Community, Sisters Library, Ray’s Food Place, FivePine Lodge, Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce, Sisters High School, Aspen Lakes, Sisters Camp Sherman Fire District, and The Nugget. We expect others to join us along the way. Let us know if your organization is interested in helping out. Contact us or the City of Sisters.
Citizens Like You. For starters, we conducted visioning interviews with 81 community leaders from every corner of the community and every walk of life. Then we heard from nearly 500 people through our Online Community Survey and printed version of the survey. Other sources of input including Community Meetings, “Kitchen Table” sessions conducted by residents themselves, presentations to community groups, and four community forums on specific topics brought the total number of participants to well over 1,000. In the late summer a citizen Vision Action Team (VAT) will be formed to guide development of the community’s vision and action plan. Stay tuned for future announcements about this group.