Last summer, the Chamber sought public input through an anonymous survey to identify priorities for the city to address as it moves forward. We received more than 1,800 responses, marking a 31% increase over the 2010 efforts that led to our Conway2025 strategic plan.

From that community feedback, our Conway2035 steering committee identified 14 priorities and grouped them into two categories: People and Places.

From November 2020 to March 2021, members of the community sacrificed more than 1,000 hours of their time to serve on 14 sector committees and craft a vision statement for each sector, develop specific goals and suggest ways for individuals, families, businesses and organizations to get involved.

The organizational efforts culminated in a two-day “Vision Summit Conway2035” held April 20-21 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute for the purpose of reviewing the committees’ work. The summit involved 50 leaders from around the city who met to help identify partners needed to achieve the Conway2035 goals, find collaboration opportunities between organizations, as well as identify redundancies among the plans and form an order in which the goals can be completed.

Now, our next steps begin. Now, we begin the work of achieving the 140-plus goals set by you, the community, and set our course for Conway2035.