Collaborative Effort to Establish the Community’s Vision and Comprehensive Plan 

A coalition of leaders from all sectors are joining in an unprecedented countywide collaboration called Imagine One 85. Together, with input from our residents, we will develop a bold, comprehensive plan for the growth and prosperity of the entire county, and the incorporated communities of La Fontaine, Lagro, North Manchester, Roann and Wabash. Central among these collaborators is the 19-member Steering Committee made-up of leaders from each of the county’s communities. 

The Steering Committee will meet regularly throughout the process and help drive community involvement, review key findings from the research and analysis and shape major recommendations for the final plan. The full roster of committee members is included below:

  • Mayor Scott Long, Wabash: Mayor
  • Jim Reynolds, Wabash: Board of Works
  • Kyle Bowman, Wabash County: Council
  • Barry Eppley, Wabash County: Commissioner
  • Bob Ferguson, Roann: Town Clerk
  • Rick Morris, Roann: Council President
  • Adam Penrod, N Manchester: Manager
  • Laura Rager, N Manchester: Council
  • Kristie Bone, Lagro: Town Clerk
  • Scott Siders, Lagro
  • Diana Heath, La Fontaine: Clerk Treasurer
  • John Krhin, La Fontaine
  • Keith Gillenwater, Grow Wabash County
  • Jason Callahan, Grow Wabash County
  • Brian Howenstine, Community Foundation
  • Patty Grant, Community Foundation
  • Laura Rager, N Manchester Plan Commission (non-voting)
  • Jeff Dawes, County Plan Commission (non-voting)
  • Pat Lynn, City Plan Commission (non-voting)

The Outreach Team — consisting of more than 100 community members — will assist the committee and help spread the word about the process and key community engagement opportunities.  This group will meet in advance of major community events (like the upcoming Focus on the Future Workshops) to drive interest and participation in the process. This is an open working team and anyone who is interested is invited to join. To volunteer your time and help spread the word email Kyle May, Project Manager for Imagine One 85 at kyle@planning-next.com

A multi-disciplinary consultant team led by planning NEXT of Columbus, Ohio is facilitating the process in close coordination with leadership from the Community Foundation of Wabash County and Grow Wabash County.

Visit the About page to find out more about the process and the Focus on the Future page to register for an upcoming community meeting.

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