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John Hamann offered this outline, an opportunity to create an unified master plan. PDF OF Plan I encourage everyone to look at the points and questions and submit your ideas. Please share your ideas with the City of Elmwood and to see them on this web site send them to me. I will publish them on this web site.

Goals And Objectives

1) Getting surviving businesses repaired and reopened

(Approximately 90% complete by end September)

2) Encourage or assist destroyed businesses to expand goods and services.

3) Encourage existing businesses to expand goods and service.

4) Aggressively market & promote Elmwood. Seek out new businesses and services that are needed and are compatible with community interests.

5) Explore opportunities for tourist attractions.

6) Encourage and market residential development opportunities that promote small town values and advantages.


On the pdf are areas to fill out suggestions or make lists to organize your thoughts I can not duplicate those in this space, so I would encourage you to print the PDF Form

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So, I encourage you to participate in this second stage project. Elmwood needs your ideas, knowledge, and efforts. We need to put enough energy into this second stage project to give it the thrust necessary to put Elmwood in a stable orbit for the 21st century. Please join in this movement. Email me or discuss it on Face book.


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Add your voice to the discussion.

I want in this topic to encourage you to get involved in the discussion. In the next topic I am going to continue my thoughts on how we should approach developing a master plan for recovery. We could be far more efficient, if we pulled all the elements together. If we reported to everyone what had been discussed, what ideas had been pursued, and what plans had been undertaken.

I know a discussion of a medical complex has been kicked around by some, what has been the results, who knows? I once heard that Ag Land had approved a plan to rebuild outside of Elmwood, is this true? If it is then there is a large area that needs to be considered for development. I have heard any number of rumors, but wouldn't people who submitted ideas to the Recovery Committee submit better ideas if there was accurate information being made available to the public. This isn't priviledged personal information about anyone's business plans. This is simple things like if Farm King was approached, what was their response. I think we should very thouroughly develop an overall plan before we do business recruitment. We should also consider who represents Elmwood in these contacts, are they people who can talk the language of those we are approaching. Have we done our homework before we ask for a meeting?

You should direct your ideas to the City Council, the Recovery Committee, and allow me post them here. I would also encourage you to ask the City Council, the Recovery Committee, and any other group representing you to report back to the people. Our institutions have behaved like a secret society. I am attending all the City Council meetings so there is some accessible public way to follow our progress. It is almost impossible to know what to suggest when there is no dialog, no feedback, and no one reporting, so an informed discussion can go forward. Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:45 PM

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:59 AM

I am pleased to report I feel we have a new opportunity to coordinate this recovery effort. I think the many good elemnets in this community are coming together. I am not changing my thoughts expressed in the above paragraph, because it is how Elmwood has operated to its detriment.

Here is an Org Chart presented by John Hamann last night.

PDF Org Chart

There is a meeting of the Recovery Committee with other groups tonight at 4:30 PM(is this afternoon?). I will be at music Wednesdays at the UMC, so I won't be attending. I have not gone to the Recovery meetings, so as not to appear contentious. Will we get a report of the meeting? Not unless a new attitude now prevails, so I would encourage anyone interested in Elmwood's future to get involved.

I am going to outline development ideas specific to Elmwood, today. I will probably repeat some suggestions already made or being pursued, but with our lack of information flow that can't be avoided. An Elmwood Plan

A Business Development Strategy

to Revitalize the Downtown Business District

1) Increasing profitability of Elmwood businesses

2) Elmwood 21st Century business recruitment

3) Tri-generational sustainable development

4) Synergy multiple economic enterprises

5) Raising Elmwood's standard of living

6) Silicon Prairie or They Will Come

7) Connecting our global network

8) A Lesson in Progress

9) An Action Plan

10) A New Opportunity

13) A Genuine Hometown

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