Input sought on community’s future

What will New Richmond be like in 10 or 20 or 50 years? Community members will soon have their say on the matter.

By: By Jeff Holmquist, New Richmond News

What will New Richmond be like in 10 or 20 or 50 years? Community members will soon have their say on the matter.

The New Richmond Area Community Foundation is working on a strategic initiative called “FutureWalk: Creating Our Community’s Path to Tomorrow” for the past few months.

The effort is viewed as a next step in the Front Porch Project, which has been encouraging civil discourse and neighborly planning for the past six years.

According to Bill Buell, one of the initiative’s organizers, the FutureWalk leadership team has been studying communities from across the U.S. that have done a good job of crafting a community vision and working to achieve their established goals.

Among the communities studied were Tupelo, Miss:; Bemidji, Minn.; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Ellicott, Md.; and Windsor, Calif.

The goal of FutureWalk is to incorporate some of the aspects of those successful community-wide efforts into a vision for the New Richmond community (identified as the school district boundary).

“We’ve identified best practices that have been used elsewhere,” Buell said. “We don’t have to create new things; we can use what’s already been learned.”

As the second phase of the project, the FutureWalk leadership team will enlist volunteers who will help conduct a variety of listening sessions in September through December to talk to area residents and gather their thoughts about what New Richmond’s strengths are and what can be done to strengthen the community even more.


The Leadership Destiny Driver is multifaceted and serves the well-established NRACF program of the Leadership Trust Initiative, but also takes a deeper interest in the future of the New Richmond  Area as a continuation of FutureWalk. A steering team of more than 15 community men and women has been established to create visionary leadership with an urgency for forward action. This team will work together monthly to determine the action steps necessary for communication and further growth and development of leadership ways and values in the New Richmond Area.

Core Purpose: Literacy - the ability to read and write at an effective level - is essential to individual, family and community well-being. NRACF is committed to for collaborative partnerships with organizations, institutions and individuals that impact literacy in our community in order to develop a community resource bank and implement a comprehensive plan for achieving and supporting a high level of literacy from early childhood through late adulthood among all citizens of the community. The participating entities will work together to leverage, coordinate and enhance the awareness of, accessibility to, and effectiveness of existing resources as well as develop new resources to meet identified needs.

The development of a comprehensive multi-purpose pathway system for New Richmond, which would connect residential areas with major parks, schools, commercial, and recreational areas. The pathway system should also be accessible to existing county bicycle routes.

The core purpose is to educate the community on the immense issue that Hunger is in the New Richmond area and to collaboratively assist in decreasing/eliminating this issue with creative fundraising, partnerships, and volunteerism. It is our goal to unite hungry people with the resources, information, and the people necessary to combat hunger throughout the region.

Shelter: More than a warm place to rest, offering protection from the “storms” of life’s challenges.

The Destiny Driver of Economic Development includes a wide variety of efforts that seek to improve the economic well-being and quality of life in our community through the creation of livable wage jobs, retaining local business and industry, and supporting business growth and expansion. Economic development is vital to the future success of New Richmond, through the attraction of people and investment to our community. As an emerging Destiny Driver, opportunities exist for community members to become stewards and determine specific goals associated with Economic Development.


Our Mission

As we engage in service-based philanthropy, we are committed to cultivating the dreams of our citizens; nurturing the possibilities for our communities; facilitating the leadership and developing the resources necessary to bring these dreams and possibilities into reality.

Our Vision

The New Richmond Area Community Foundation is the center point for service-based philanthropy, creating collaborative partnerships that identify needs in the communities we serve. We develop strategies to provide citizens in these communities with diverse opportunities to meet these needs through their commitment and the giving of time and financial resources.

Our Values

The New Richmond Area Community Foundation believes that being engaged in and giving back to one's community is an essential component of citizenship.