April is here, and in honor of the season, there seems to be a spring in the step of people throughout the community. Is it the good news in Route Bay City perpetuating positivity around town? Or maybe the Uptown expansion that has people looking eagerly toward the future? The anticipation of warmer weather? Michigan State, in dramatic fashion, reaching the Final Four?
There sure are wonderful things happening in and around our community. We should all be proud and we should all pronounce the positivity of progress, but we should all be diligent in identifying what is next on the horizon. What are the community assets that make us competitive in a landscape of communities touting their brand of quality of life? How do our institutions of learning work cooperatively with other resource organizations, and vice versa, to provide the most skilled and most competent workforce possible to our small, medium, and large employers? How can we help our community grow from within and what resources do we need to succeed in that endeavor?
Over the past year, the Bay Future, Inc. Board of Directors has pondered these and many more questions through our Strategic Action Plan process. Through reflection, dialogue, interviews, and workshops, answers to these questions have shaped five Tactics for Success and multiple action items and initiatives under each tactic to form the next strategic vision for the organization and our community.
The ambition of our board is reflected in the ambition of our community and we look forward to sharing with you this ambitious plan at our upcoming Annual Report Meeting next week. If you have not had an opportunity already, please RSVP by emailing Sherrie Gray at
or by calling the office (989) 892-1400.
This week find a reason to put a little spring in your step, as well.
-Trevor Keyes, EDFP
President & CEO
Bay Future, Inc.