Jamie Greene, of the consulting firm “planning NEXT”, leads a discussion about developing a Jefferson County vision and action plan during a meeting at Ivy Tech Community College on Monday. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Jamie Greene, of the consulting firm “planning NEXT”, leads a discussion about developing a Jefferson County vision and action plan during a meeting at Ivy Tech Community College on Monday. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
A steering committee focused on developing a community-driven plan to advance Madison and Jefferson County has come up with a name.

The project will be called "Envision Jefferson County" with the accompanying slogan "Shaping our Future Together."

The 31-member group met Monday night for the second time since its formation, and spent most of the two-hour meeting establishing a media plan, methods of circulating information about the initiative, and different organizations to target for input into the process.

The goal is to create a plan that will improve the quality of life in Jefferson County. The initial phase of the project is expected to take about 10 months.

The company handling the consulting work is "planning NEXT," a Columbus, Ohio, company that focuses on strategic plans for communities.

Jamie Greene, a principal with "planning NEXT" who is working with the steering committee, said the group will host three public meetings for input on a vision for the community.

The first meeting is tentatively scheduled to be held the week of March 31.

Before then, the committee will launch a media plan to get the word out to as many people as possible to make sure the meetings are highly attended.

"This is the first ripple," Greene said of the committee. "What we really need to do is expand that ripple and get more people involved."

Greene and planning NEXT will register a domain name for Envision Jefferson County and begin coming up with a logo and print materials to use to market the meetings.

The next two committee meetings are tentatively scheduled for Feb. 17 and March 10.