About Dream City:

Imagine a new approach to charting our community's future. Imagine people of every walk of life getting together to discuss what we want our community to be like in the year 2020.

Dream City is a grassroots, community-owned project that engages people throughout the Pikes Peak region in meaningful dialogue to create a brighter future. The goal of Dream City is to promote civic engagement, and to identify common visions and values as well as big ideas that, in the hands of likely champions, will move us forward in the coming decade.

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More than 100 local organizations and more than 1,000 citizens have already joined the effort. Although The Gazette, Leadership Pikes Peak, Pikes Peak Library District and COPPeR (Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region) are some of the organizing entities behind the initiative, Dream City is owned by you. Your ideas about our future as a region are just as important as anyone else's, and together we can inspire, educate and mobilize this community to create a better place for us all to live, work and play.

dreamcity_logoWelcome to Dream City: Vision 2020.

The project is divided into three categories: Inspiration, Education and Engagement.

INSPIRATION:
Dream City launched in the fall of 2009 with an Arts Summit, organized by COPPeR, that drew nearly 200 members of the Pikes Peak arts community. They began to design a cultural plan for the region.

EDUCATION:
In March, The Gazette launched a series of history pieces about the visions and people who shapes our region. Future stories will also look at best practices in other cities that we can learn from.

ENGAGEMENT:
With help from Everyday Democracy (formerly Study Circles Resource Center) and Leadership Pikes Peak Dream City has facilitating a series of discussion groups throughout the region, reaching people in all parts of our community. As elements of our collective vision start to crystallize, everyone will be invited to participate in our summit planned for July of 2009. This event will refine the themes of our collective vision and mark a new beginning as we move forward with our plans and dreams. A collaboration with the Quality of Life Indicators project will play the key role of linking the community vision with measurable outcomes and community action. Pikes Peak Library District's 2009 All Pikes Peak Reads project will reflect and continue this process.

Groups that Participated in Vision Sessions:

* Academy International Elementary School
* Academy School District 20 Administration
* APA, American Planning AssociationM
* Art Commission of the Pikes Peak Region
* Artemis
* ASLA, American Society of Landscape Architects
* CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Pikes Peak Region
* Citizens Project
* City Council and City employees
* Colorado College Students and Staff
* Colorado South Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
* Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group
* Colorado Technical University Staff and Students
* Come One Come All Community Invitations (4)
* Community Partnership for Child Development Center
* CONO, The Council of Neighbors & Organizations
* District Attorney's Office
* El Paso Corporation Employees
* El Paso County Bar Association
* El Pomar Emerging Leaders Asian Advisory Council
* El Pomar Emerging Leaders Black Advisory Council
* El Pomar Emerging Leaders Hispanic Advisory Council
* El Pomar Emerging Leaders Native American Advisory Council
* ESL Students and recent immigrants
* Gay & Lesbian Fund of Colorado Staff
* Gazette employees
* Girl Scouts - two small groups - Audra Parker's troops - Middle School and High School
* HB&A Architects and Staff
* Members of the Community with Developmental Disabilities and those closely allied with them (family, caregivers, etc.)
* Members of the Old North End Neighborhood Association
* Neighborhood Dinner Group - East Side of Town
* NES Landscape Architects
* North Colorado Springs Rotary Club
* North Middle School - 7th grade students
* Old Colorado City Merchants and Friends
* OZ Architecture
* Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group Clients and Staff
* Pikes Peak Library District - Supervisors, Managers and Board Members
* Quality of Life Community Engagement Vision Council
* Quality of Life Safety Vision Council
* SAAL Group - Self Advocates as Leaders Group
* Seniors Philosophical Café Group Members
* Service-Learning Action Council from Wasson High School
* Society of Women Engineers
* Southern Colorado Better Business Bureau staff
* Staff of the First Presbyterian Church
* The Chamber Rising Professionals
* The Colorado Natives Club
* The Colorado Springs Diversity Forum
* The Pikes Peak Interagency Transition Team
* The Resource Exchange
* The Southern Colorado Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
* Tuesday Morning Drop in Group
* UCCS Business College Staff and Students
* UCCS School of Public Affairs
* Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region Staff and Board Members
* Youth Speak Out
* Various sessions organized by facilitators ie. book clubs, neighbors, co-workers etc.