Community Leader’s View: “Our Greater San Diego Vision” needs your voice
By Jennifer Adams-Brooks
Vice-chair of Our Greater San Diego Vision and Incoming Chair of The San Diego Foundation Board
Do you love calling the San Diego region home?
What is it that you love about living here? Our natural beauty, world-class universities and family-friendly communities might top your list. Now, consider what you don’t enjoy. For many, what springs to mind is the high cost of living, traffic congestion and lack of higher paying jobs.
Despite how much you love it here today, change is coming.
Without long-range planning, the things you enjoy could get harder to come by while the things that you don’t like get worse.
Our region will grow by 40 percent over the next 40 years. We’ll need to create 500,000 higher paying jobs and find roughly 400,000 new homes if our next generations are going to be able to stay here and raise their families. That’s why a broad-based group of diverse community leaders has formed to support Our Greater San Diego Vision.
Through Our Greater San Diego Vision, an initiative facilitated by The San Diego Foundation, we can each do our part to protect and preserve what we love about San Diego for future generations.
Our Greater San Diego Vision will be developed by the people and for the people through an unprecedented public engagement process. It will create a shared vision and vital long-range plan for the next 50-plus years.
In the fall, you will have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas and suggest your priorities and solutions for the region’s future growth during a series of public workshops. Your input will determine options for our future growth.
These options will be presented to tens of thousands of residents to choose those that best reflect their values and priorities. The consensus will form a long-term vision to be published in the spring 2012 and to guide decisions impacting our region’s growth for the coming decades.
As one of the nearly 150 Vision Ambassadors representing all communities across our region, I’m asking you to get involved today by visiting www.ourgreatersandiegovision.org where you can learn more and connect with our process.
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