Forum Nov. 8 will highlight Portage County's strengths, challenges, priorities

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Portage County’s strengths, challenges and priorities will be highlighted Wednesday, Nov. 8, when the Local Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) steering committee releases its official report at a community forum open to the public. The forum will take place at in the SentryWorld Atrium, 601 N. Michigan Ave., Stevens Point, beginning at 8 a.m.

The LIFE Report provides a comprehensive overview of the quality of life in Portage County, according to Angie Kellogg, LIFE Report Project Manager. “The LIFE Report provides us with a better understanding of what we’re doing well in Portage County, and where additional efforts are needed to improve the lives of residents,” said Kellogg.

Community input for the report, which is conducted every five years, was obtained through household surveys and listening sessions with key stakeholders in the community. In addition, committees comprised of more than 70 community members gathered data on 70 key quality of life indicators.  “The LIFE Report is not intended to be a document that just sits on a shelf,” said Kellogg. “Instead, we want the data and the issues identified in the report to serve as a catalyst for action in our community.”

People can learn more about the top priorities identified by the LIFE Report at the forum. Tom Mosgaller, former Director of Change Management for the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and former Director of Organizational Development for the City of Madison, will provide a keynote address, and people can learn how they can make a difference. Copies of the LIFE Report will be available at the forum. It will also be available online after Nov. 8. Registration, coffee and snacks will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the presentation at 8 a.m., and networking at 9:30 a.m.

Community partners who participated in this project include Ascension Saint Michael’s Hospital, Aspirus, Portage County Government, Portage County Health & Human Services, United Way of Portage County, and others.

The public is encouraged to attend the forum on Nov. 8. To register, visit www.unitedwaypoco.org/2017LifeReport, or call United Way at 715-341-6740.