Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.
Discover Together, an initiative of the Dakota County Community Services Division, is a place-based initiative that aims to engage communities around the co-creation of strategies that address the needs of Dakota County residents. In late 2016, the city of South St. Paul was selected as the first site in this effort to provide more experiences within the County of working in a generative way with communities.
The first phase (January-April 2017) of the Discover Together: South St. Paul project focused on building authentic relationships with the South St. Paul community by engaging key actors, establishing a Core Team reflective of various parts of the community to shape a purpose statement and set of guiding principles, and identifying community assets and challenges. Future Services Institute staff facilitated a series of meetings and, along with Dakota County Community Services leadership, reached out to community members through individual and group interviews.
The purpose of Discover Together: South St. Paul as articulated by the Core Team is:
"Discover how community members, community agencies, and Dakota County can continue to work together to invest in making South St. Paul a great place for all who live, learn, work and play here today and into the future."
Phase two of this initiative (May-Oct 2017) focuses on community engagement using a variety of approaches to capture and document community voices.