What is a Visioning Process?

Katahdin Gazetteer Vision Action Plan

The Katahdin Gazetteer was a 18-month Visioning process where we “mapped out” where the region is going and how we are going to get there.

This effort was locally driven and your input and insights made all the difference.

The process had the support of many of our most trusted community organizations:

Letter of Support

The steering committee for the Katahdin Gazetteer was made up of people from our area. These people are our friends and neighbors who are working hard in our communities to get our region flourishing again.

You might be wondering “Who is paying for all of this?” It’s a great question. This visioning process is paid for by the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation and Jane’s Trust they have given us a one year grant to work on the Katahdin Gazetteer. The Nature Conservancy will be acting as the fiscal agent for the grant, as well as contributing in a support role.

What is a “Visioning Process”? The visioning process used here was all about community input and engagement. This was an effort to identify where we see ourselves as a region in 5 years, in 10 years and in 20 years.

A shared vision for the region DOES NOT mean that the towns will lose their individual identity or will be forced to combine or share governance.  It is a simply a vision of common goals and values. The vision was developed based on community input and engagement, that’s why your participation was so important.

Thanks to all of you who were part of the process!


Who is leading the project?

Katahdin Gazetteer: a roadmap to the future is being coordinated by the Katahdin Collaborative, a network of economic and community-development oriented organizations and businesses operating in the region.
A local project coordinator, Jasmine Folster, has been hired through the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce and 6-8 community ambassadors will be selected and awarded modest stipends to help with outreach and gathering community input. Project oversight is provided by a steering committee that reports to the Katahdin Collaborative.

The steering committee consists of:

Katahdin Gazetteer Steering Committee
Name   Email Phone
Jon Ellis
Mt Chase, owner of Ellis Family Markets
Richard Schmidt III
Resident, Town of Patten
Peggy Daigle
East Millinocket Town Selectman
Deb Rountree
Katahdin Region Higher Education Center
Lucy Van Hook
Millinocket, Our Katahdin
Bill Patterson/Tamara Lee Pinard
The Nature Conservancy of Maine
Wende Sairio
Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce
Jasmine Folster
Project Coordinator
Who is paying for the Katahdin Gazetteer project?

The process is funded by grants from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation and Jane’s Trust. As a participant in the Katahdin Collaborative, The Nature Conservancy acts as the fiscal agent for the grants.

What is the region that the Katahdin Gazetteer project will be covering?

The Katahdin Region is comprised of seven towns and unorganized territories, including Mt. Chase, Patten, Sherman, Stacyville, Medway, East Millinocket, and Millinocket.

What are the outcomes of the project? What will the vision include?

The project will include working with the community to develop a plan for the future of the region by examining emerging trends and regional issues, identifying core assets and values, engaging the community, developing a unifying vision statement, and establishing an action plan that translates the regional vision into local, actionable items.

The vision will be developed through community engagement to examine a range of plausible futures and determining the preferred future, and then additional community input will determine how to accomplish this future for the Katahdin Region, which will become the action plan.

How do I get involved in the project?

You can let the Katahdin Collaborative know that you are interested in participating by emailing Jasmine Folster, info@katahdincollaborative.org or by calling 207-794-4269.




Is this project about a vision for the Monument?

No, this is about a community led vision for the Katahdin Region communities and economy. The Monument would only be considered as one of many natural assets for the Region.

Is this project about school consolidation?

No, this is a community led vision with no pre-determined outcomes.