LIFE COUNCIL UPDATE
Thank you for your continued interest in myTRI 2030. Beginning January 2021, the monthly subscriber report will focus on one of the six Opportunity Area Councils (Agriculture, Education, Energy, Life, Inclusion or Prosperity) to spotlight their progress. This month the Life Council, co-chaired by Jeff Kissel and Marc Newman, shares how they are driving action and shaping the future of our region.
The Life Council is excited to announce that we’ve had a very productive 2020! Since our kick-off in February -- as many organizations have had to do during this global pandemic -- we’ve re-organized and found ourselves digitally over Zoom. But after doing so we’ve established a regular meeting schedule, created a functional council leadership structure, and refined our mission and goals within the greater collection of myTri 2030 Councils. The major milestone we then set for ourselves in 2020 was to take the community’s list of Top Ten Goals, curated by the Regional Affairs Committee based on the results of the 2018 myTri 2030 survey, and establish our top three priorities to tackle first. After much deliberation, we’ve decided our top three priorities will be the following: 

  1. “Build Communication with the within the Tri-Cities Region”
  2. “Advance the cultural vitality of the region,” and
  3. “Provide real-life experiences.”

We’ve chosen to “Build Communication within the Tri-Cities Region” as our top priority because we want to make sure that -- ​when​ the community re-opens and begins to hold larger events, host live music, re-establish our rich performing arts event schedule, etc. -- we’re ready with a connective communication system that helps us find out when and where those events are happening. This goal has led us down the path of exploring our region’s system of community calendars. Since the Fall, and the subsequent first few months since kicking off this project, our team has identified two stakeholders with innovative ideas that we think we can help make quick-and-early forward progress in 2021. That being said -- we’re not just looking to check boxes! We want to make sure we both make tangible progress toward our goal *and* make sure we encourage and support community communication systems that are sustainable far into the future! So, our work on this goal will not end when one of our project team members completes their portion… stay tuned! 

As for our next priorities, both “advancing the cultural vitality of the region” and “providing 
real-life experiences” are goals that will require large capital expenditures from private and public partnerships. With the Life Council having no capital to throw into the mix, we’re doing our due diligence and talking to folks in the community to understand where the developments that have inspired these goals stand on their way to completion. We’ve spoken with prospective stakeholders who have shared exciting progress towards the construction of an Aquatic Center, a large outdoor Amphitheatre, and a Performing Arts Center -- all of whom see construction moving forward within the 2030 horizon. But that forward progress requires the continued support from the community! Here lies our role in these large-scale Projects as Council: we must continue to cultivate community excitement by spreading the word that these projects *are* on the horizon, and provide educational materials about why they’ll be such an important addition to our committee -- and at a sustainable cost! 

We’re excited to continue to serve you on our collective journey toward achieving all our Life Goals in 2030. Here’s to keeping the ball rolling in 2021 -- we can’t wait to share more in our next update in June! 
Based on the belief that our collective future is enhanced through collaboration, myTRI 2030 is a regional visioning initiative with the fundamental goal to engage the community, create a shared vision for the region, and drive collaborative action.

myTRI 2030 celebrates the Tri-Cities as the sum of multiple, distinct and independent parts, yet will provide a unified strategy for the future.

What makes myTRI 2030 unique, is the thoughtful and inclusive steps taken to build broad community support for both the process and the impending product.
Thank you for your continued interest in the progress of the myTRI 2030 Regional Vision Project. Your support is the key to success. For more information, or to get involved, go to www.mytri2030.com.  
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE MYTRI 2030 FOUNDERS