Future Search Press Release
Coleraine 2030 Future Search
85 people from the borough spent 3 days together at the end of May, discussing, debating and ultimately creating a shared vision of what they want Coleraine Borough to look like in 2030.
James Smyth, Chamber President commented “he was tremendously encouraged with the quality of the attendees and excited about the outputs and potential for the future and keen to retain the engagement of all the participants in the action groups.”
The conference was organised and co funded by Causeway chamber of commerce, Coleraine Borough Council and the University of Ulster, the unique event was attended by stakeholders from, education, community/voluntary, business, tourism, councillors, public sector, sport and leisure, young people and a group of Ambassador's all either, working, living or with a connection to the borough and all keen to help drive the borough forward to be the best it can be for the benefit of all citizens.
Roger Wilson, Chief Executive Coleraine Borough Council commented “he was encouraged by the energy in the room over the three days. All participants left the event inspired and proud of what is happening and what will be happening in our region.”
The group discovered 8 areas of common ground across the stakeholder groups and created 8 groups with action plans that will help to deliver on the dream of what Coleraine Borough should look like in 2030.
The conference was facilitated by Sandra Janoff from Philadelphia, USA who has developed the Future Search process over the last 30 years including charity & community organisations, work within international companies across the world.
Professor Richard Barnett, Vice Chancellor, University of Ulster, said “There is no better demonstration of the value of the Future Search event than the fact that so many people from such a diverse range of backgrounds stayed for the full 3 days of the conference. This is a clear demonstration of their commitment to the future development of the Coleraine economy. I’m pleased that the University chose to co-sponsor the event with the Borough Council and the Chamber of Commerce”.