Walla Walla 2020 Organization History
Walla Walla 2020 was formed more than 25 years ago to envision a livable future for Walla Walla in the year 2020 and to work to realize that vision. Since its founding, 2020 has been a dynamic vehicle for efforts to preserve and enhance the quality of life in the Walla Walla area. This review will briefly summarize our current and past activities.
The Initial Years
There were four prongs to our original brainstorming vision, and we initially established four focus areas:
- We wanted a green community, so we established a Trees, Landscaping & Natural Resources Focus Area to help preserve and expand the greenery we already had.
- We wanted a community that lives lightly on the earth, so we established a Resource Conservation (Recycling & Waste Reduction) Focus Area.
- We wanted a human scale community friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists, so we set up a Transportation (Bike, Hike & Transit) Focus Area, emphasizing non-motorized transportation.
- We wanted a community with a strong center and one that respects its heritage, so we established a Architecture, Downtown & Neighborhoods Focus Area.
Out of these four basic focus area and a later fifth on Economic Development & Growth Management, many good things have happened:
The history of Walla Walla 2020 demonstrates the importance of developing a vision, together with the will to act on that vision through direct initiatives and partnerships with other public and private entities.