Editorial: words to guide a community

April 18, 2012

The community of Cascade Locks recently took a well-thought-out step toward charting its future: a 20-year vision statement was crafted by the Downtown Revitalization Committee and unanimously adopted earlier this month by City Council.

The community was so full of good ideas that it went beyond the classic 10-item list.

The Vision sets out 11 overall goals that state that within the next 20 years:

1. Cascade Locks is an attractive community; 2. Cascade Locks is an engaged, resourceful community; 3. As the "Heart of the Gorge," Cascade Locks is the leading tourist destination; 4. Cascade Locks is a proud community of ambassadors. 5. Cascade Locks is an educated community that offers accessible, enriching educational opportunities for residents during all stages of life; 6. Cascade Locks is a historic community; 7. Cascade Locks supports a productive business district; 8. Cascade Locks is a community of choice, defined by businesses and residents that locate here because they want to be here; 9. Cascade Locks is a pro-active community where the community, city, and port work collaboratively with partner agencies to provide living wage jobs with quality employers; 10. Cascade Locks hosts vibrant, well-attended community events; 11. Cascade Locks supports green business practices in the Gorge.

The Vision seems to cover the needs of all the major aspects of a healthy community: schools, businesses, the environment, scenic beauty, cooperation and civic involvement.

This week it was suggested to Port Executive Director Chuck Daughtry that this Cascade Locks community Vision be consistently used by local government as a template to gauge the suitability of any economic development proposal now under consideration, or in the future.

This week, Daughtry stated in an email to the Hood River News, "As a staff we plan to include the vision statement into discussions going forward."

The full document can be found on the City of Cascade Locks website. It elaborates further on most of the 11 points. Bearing attention is one such elaboration, under item number 2 (on being an "engaged and resourceful" community) for it serves as a kind of default principle to cover every decision - in any community:

"We work together cooperatively to leverage our human and natural resources toward overall prosperity."

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