Want to make a difference?

Do you think Mitchell is falling behind?

Are there areas our city can capitalize to help future generations?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, it's time to go online and take the city of Mitchell's Community Visioning Project survey. It's available on the city's website.

The survey takes about 15 minutes and will help determine the direction Mitchell moves for the future.

Do we need to focus on ourselves? Should we be partnering with regional communities more often? What are the city's biggest opportunities and its largest threats in the next decade?

Those are some of the questions the survey asks. And trust us, it's not a waste of time.

In January, the Mitchell City Council approved a $66,500 community vision and strategic planning process for the city. Future IQ, a Minneapoilis-based consulting firm, was selected for constructing the plan, and we absolutely believe this is a process worth exploring.

The wheels are already in motion to make Mitchell a better place.

There was a community kick off event late last month to unveil the process for coming together with specific, unified goals for the sake of Mitchell's future. On Monday night, a group of stakeholders gathered to examine long-term plausible futures for the city.

Next, there will be events for members of the public to attend and voice their thoughts, so there are plenty of chances to get involved. Those events are scheduled April 7 and 8 at the Corn Palace; April 9 and April 26 at the Mitchell Public Library; April 25 at Mitchell City Hall; and April 27 at the James Valley Community Center. There are a wide variety of times to allow for more people to attend. And we'll make sure to remind people as they're coming up.

The key is getting involved. We have the future in our hands. It's time for everyone to chime in.

Too often, people complain and don't do anything. They believe their one voice won't make a difference. That's not the case, though.

Future IQ has promised this process will be transparent and inclusive. So, the first way to get involved in to take the survey. The next is to go to a public meeting. We need hundreds and thousands of voices and ideas. The more brains the better.

The goal is to make Mitchell a better place for the future - don't we all want that?