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Writer: Spencer Allen
It's no secret that Rexburg is growing. From 2000 to 2010, the town experienced a 47 percent increase in population. But Rexburg is not the only community experiencing change. Madison County as a whole has seen over 10,000 people move to the area during the same time frame. With high anticipation that the growth will continue in the foreseeable future, residents of Madison County and those interested in the affairs within the county are invited to participate in Envision Madison.
Envision Madison is a group of workshops that provide an opportunity for individuals to discuss growth related issues and plan together for the future of Madison County. The workshop will include discussions on job growth, housing, recreation, and growth locations and patterns among other topics. At the core of these meetings are the values residents would like to preserve for future generations. Results of these discussions will be gathered by a consulting firm, analyzed, and presented to county officials.
"We're at a pivotal point in our community," said Brett Sampson, Community Relations Manager at BYU-Idaho. "Rexburg and Madison County have already experienced significant growth and will continue to do so in the future. It's a unique opportunity to bring together a diverse cross section of Madison County residents and participate in planning for our community's future."
At the moment there are five scheduled events for members of Madison County to come together and voice their opinion. The kick-off summit will be held at 7 p.m. on June 13 in the Madison High School auditorium. Workshops will be held on June 18, 19, and 20 at various locations. The workshop on June 19 will be held in the cultural hall of the Taylor Chapel at BYU-Idaho.
To learn more about Envision Madison, visit envisionmadison.com.