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What is Our Humboldt?

Our Humboldt is a call to action ... it's an engagement and planning process to make a community-designed strategic growth plan that will inform decisions about the City over the next several years.

First Community Forum Summary Report

Working with project consultants Canadian Urban Institute, over 125 people actively participated in the first Community Forum held on September 12, 2013.  This goal of this session was to find out what people valued about Humboldt and how this reflects on our identity as a city.  A tremendous amount of insight and engaging discussion occurred which will start to create a framework from which to determine strategic directions.  The resulting Summary Report reflects what was heard from the community. 

View the final Summary Report from this consultation session here. 

Second Community Forum Summary Report

At the second Community Forum on November 13, 2013, the City of Humboldt released its draft strategic directions to the community for further review and comment.  Together with consultants, Canadian Urban Institute, the City invited final, public comment on the document before it was developed for Council approval.

Learn more about the process and how the document was developed here. 

Click here to access the Summary Report and Draft Plan Framework.

Helping People Make Good Decisions

This plan is meant to be a guide for the whole community and will tell leaders and community groups what matters most when making decisions and planning for the future.  It will also be a way to inspire new projects, activities, and connections in our community.

In essence, this initiative will be a road map on areas ranging from housing and land use to recreation, culture, transportation, public spaces ... and more.

Making the Plan

By participating in this initiative, you will have the ability to affect the wellbeing of people, neighbourhoods, activities, facilities, and the City as a whole. 

This process explores the culture of our community - who we are and what we value that is uniquely reflective of us.  It allows everyone to have a voice and asks ... what do we want the future of our community to look like?  And how do we develop and preserve our community as we welcome people and investment from around the world? 

Working Together

The City of Humboldt is managing this process with Canadian Urban Institute - an organization dedicated to creating a world of thriving, sustainable, harmonious, and engaged urban regions through research, networking, leadership development, planning and policy solutions.   

It's a perfect opportunity to tap into the experiences and expertise that Canadian Urban Institute offers, for people to talk to each other about what matters to them in our community, and for people to talk to the City about these issues. 

It's also a way for the City to create a plan that focuses on working together, creating partnerships, and building on the strengths on the public, businesses, and not-for-profit groups.

It's the first time Humboldt has had the opportunity to create a plan such as this ... and it's important that our community provides comments, insight and ideas.

Leadership Group

The Our Humboldt Advisory Committee is championing this initiative and includes individuals that represent different sectors within the community.

Name Affiliation
Malcolm Eaton Mayor, City of Humboldt
Linda Mattock Councillor, City of Humboldt
David Gullacher CEO, Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute
Janice Ruedig Branch Manager, Conexus Credit Union
Dean Hergott Partner, Hergott, Seidel & Associates and Downtown Business Improvement District Chair

Project support is being provided by the City of Humboldt Manager; Jennifer Brooks, Director of Communications & Community Develoment; and Jennifer Hoesgen, Director/Curator Humboldt & District Museum & Gallery.

Funding for this initiative was provided, in part, through SaskCulture and BHP Billiton.

How long will it take?

Creating the Our Humboldt plan will take several months and has been organized into three phases. 

We have completed Phase 1, which included engaging leadership, reviewing and compiling community information and assets, and doing broad community engagement through the first Community Forum and other means.

Phase 2 is also complete which saw the development of the plan's strategic directions. The information was released so that the community had the opportunity to reflect and further comment on the document at the second Community Forum in November 2013. 

In January 2014, the final Phase was completed, which saw Council's formal adoption of the strategic culture-led growth plan ... and the launch of the plan to the community.

Now that a plan has been developed, it will take many years to do the actions identified to improve our quality of life. 

The City of Humboldt will now be working on implementing activities that link to the plan's framework ... and encourages individuals and community groups to read the document and look for ways to support the plan's strategic actions.  

Download the Our Humboldt Culture-Led Strategic Plan

Click here to download the Our Humboldt strategic plan.

Share what You Love About "Our Humboldt"

As the City of Humboldt implements this plan, we need to continue to share our work and hear from citizens.  Watch for ways to share what you love about "Our Humboldt" throughout the coming months ... we all have a stake in helping our community grow, develop and thrive!

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