June 30, 2017
The board and staff of The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation would like to thank residents of the McComb Region for their commitment to the Community Heart & Soul Process, funded by the Foundation with a $136,000 grant in 2015. Over the last two and a half years, the region has grown and evolved through the process. The Community Foundation extends special thanks to the Heart & Soul team for their dedication to developing their region.
“Since February 2015, my perception of McComb has changed,” said Project Coordinator Joe Wasson. “From talking with the community members and gathering data, we have found out what they value, what they would like the future to look like, and how these values are now turning into reality. I am glad I had the opportunity to be part of this process. It will be exciting as these values and ideas start to be implemented and watch the progress of our great community.”
As a result of the two years of gathering and analyzing data, creating and validating Heart & Soul Statements that identify what matters most to the McComb Region, and collecting hundreds of ideas surrounding each of the statements, the Heart & Soul team has created a comprehensive eight-sector plan. This plan will guide decision-making and further development in the McComb Region based on input from residents. It will continue to evolve and be developed through the community partners who are essential to its execution and success.
A Stewardship Team led by team member Carol Cary has been created to see the project through. This team will be responsible for implementing the plan and connecting various projects, ideas, people, and resources, and embedding the Heart & Soul process in the McComb Region forever.
“It takes the entire community to move us forward and we will always need everyone's input and help. A few cannot do this alone,” said Cary.
The Community Foundation looks forward to continued momentum and partnership in the McComb region capitalizing on the enthusiasm that’s been built during the Heart & Soul process.