Community Visioning

Final Vision Statements Shared with Community

The Vision Worthington committee is sharing an overarching vision, seven vision statements, and supporting principles that encapsulate what they have heard from the community about what Worthington should look like over the next 10-15 years.

At the November 9, 2020 Worthington City Council meeting, Vision Worthington committee members presented the seven vision statements and supporting principles crafted as the result of a comprehensive outreach process to identify what Worthington citizens want their community to look like in the future.  View presentation here


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Last year City Council directed a citizen-led visioning process, with the goal of engaging and listening to at least 80% of Worthington’s population to develop a well-grounded articulation of the community’s aspirations for the future of Worthington.  To achieve this, Council appointed the 13-member  visioning committee that has spent the past 15 months listening to thousands of city residents, students and members of the Worthington School District, local businesspersons, and community non-profit leaders who have all shared their thoughts and perspectives on what they value most about Worthington.   

Public engagement took many forms including presentations and meetings with a wide variety of active community groups, an online public survey that received over 1,000 responses, eight focus groups with 150 community members from diverse backgrounds, newsletters, postcards, and feedback forms that were mailed to over 6,000 Worthington households, and robust online input through more than 3,000 interactions on the dedicated VisionWorthington.org website.  

The feedback received made it clear that Worthington residents love their community and are attracted to the city for its schools, history, nature, arts, employment, recreation, services, and neighborhoods.  The committee has worked diligently to summarize everything that was heard into seven specific vision statements that are aspirational expressions of the community’s collective imagination of Worthington in the future:

  1. Worthington is a diverse and equitable community
  2. Worthington is dedicated to the vibrancy of its downtown
  3. Worthington is connected
  4. Worthington is a model for environmental stewardship
  5. Worthington offers a high quality of life
  6. Worthington’s economy is balanced and resilient
  7. Worthington’s leadership is open, forward-thinking, and collaborative

You can view details about each vision and supporting principals for each on visionworthington.org. Worthington City Council is expected to consider adoption of the vision statements after a full report is released later this month.  The final report will contain a comprehensive description of the visioning process along with supporting information, including data collected, input received, and potential action steps suggested by residents and community members to help implement the visions.  Vision statements and the final report will be found online at VisionWorthington.org when it is available.  

After adoption, the vision statements will be used for the City to set community priorities that will guide future planning efforts and development opportunities.

Virtual Visioning Committee Meetings

Due to the coronavirus pandemic emergency and social distancing orders, the Worthington Visioning Committee will hold virtual meetings until further notice. 

If you are interested in observing the Visioning Committee’s meetings, you can join online via Microsoft Teams which allows you to both see and hear other people in the meeting.  Please click this LINK to join the meeting or by calling 1- 567-249-0063.  Conference ID: 470-196-645#.  If you would like to submit comments, please email them in advance of the meeting to Robyn.Stewart@worthington.org.  

View the latest meeting agenda and minutes here.

About the Community Visioning Committee 

Worthington City Council appointed 13 Worthington residents to serve on the Community Visioning Committee and lead the comprehensive community-wide visioning process. Council received over 50 applications from citizens wishing to serve. See the committee appointments and job duties here.

The Visioning Committee is expected to meet the second Tuesday and fourth Monday of every month, as needed. Project materials will be posted online when they are available. 

View Visioning Committee agendas and meeting documents here.
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Visioning Consultant

City Council selected Poggemeyer Design Group (PDG) as the visioning consultant to work with Committee on this community-wide initiative. City Council received 10 applications and interviewed four finalists in the process. 

Founded in 1968, PDG is a multi-disciplinary firm specializing in municipal planning, economic and community development, grants, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and surveying. PDG is an employee owned company with offices in Ohio, Michigan, Georgia and Nevada. Their mission statement reads" "It is our goal to service each client at the highest level, delivering innovative design, technical superiority and outstanding quality." 

The entire Visioning initiative is expected to span several months and include multiple opportunities for input, feedback and engagement of Worthington citizens. 

Poggemeyer Design Group Proposal 

Visioning Background