FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
1. What do you mean by "region"?
A. We do not have a pre-defined "region" in mind, other than an area that is larger than a single jurisdiction. A village and its neighboring town may be considered a region, or a collection of many counties may be considered a region. The minimum for participating in Future Regions are two collaborating jurisdictions. To confuse things even further, there may be multiple "regions" participating in a regional Future Regions workshop. For example a village and a town may apply as a region and propose to have twenty people participate from that region. Two counties from the same part of the state may apply as a region and propose to have 60 people participate. We may combine the two "regions" to participate in the same regional workshop, but each self-defined region will be able to work as a team within the workshop. Our target is about 80 people per workshop.
2. Is there a maximum number of participants from a region?
A. There are no limits to the number of jurisdictions participating, but practical consideration for maximum learning and engagement suggests workshop sizes should not exceed 80 participants.
3. Do we need to come in with an issue or can we figure that out in the workshop?
A. Some areas may recognize the need to talk to one another about issues that affect them, but have not started conversations to understand what those issues are. A Future Regions workshop series would be a great way to get to know your neighbors, learn about the issues that concern you and develop a plan for taking action on those issues. A Future Regions workshop really comes into its own, however, when you come in with an issue to address and the stakeholders that are impacted. That is the perfect set-up for success!
4. When will applications be available for the next round of workshops?
A. We expect applications will become available in September 2017. An email will be sent to our mailing list when it is available - sign up so you don't miss it!