Dave Elliott teed up a fabulous Santa Ana Community Forum last week engaging community leaders in a 2-day intensive Fly Over exploring the 7 pillar community institutions that define the diverse city of Santa Ana.
Here are our participants who arrived on Thursday morning as individuals and left on Friday afternoon as co-collaborators. All of our participants provided some feedback in their Forum Evaluation comments. Let me share some meaningful morsels with you:
The Most Important Take Away: Critical connections…That’s #1 for me. Jason Holland, VP Community Engagement Segerstrom Center for the Arts
The power of connecting and collaborating to address growing community issues. Tim Strauch, VP & COO, OneOC
The most important Take-Away was how the community pillars interact with one another and how all seven impact each other in many ways. Tony Perez, Marketing and Community Relations, KPC Health
Gathering information from a range of industries/topics to help UCI gear of its new engagement initiative. Judith-Norris, Vice-Provost, Academic Planning UCI
There’s no shortage of potential partners in Santa Ana/OC…really appreciated the group and the guests. Drake Levasheff, Director of OC Campus, Azusa Pacific University
Change: I learned extremely valuable and applicable information that will allow me to connect with leaders and organizations to create positive change in the city. Judson Brown, Housing Manager, City of Santa Ana
There are excellent resources available in Santa Ana. Meeting the Forum member was very valuable as I plan to follow up to establish relationships that will benefit us all. Thank you for your vision. Linda Rose, President, Santa Ana College
Understanding of priorities for different sectors. Exciting to see the amazing things happening in the city. Eye opening to all the positives! Made great connections for collaboration. Sylvia Vazquez, Community Development Analyst, City of Santa Ana
Our participants appreciated the closing Business Pillar Presentation by Mike Weisman, Founder and President of Amusement Park. These sentiments represent the feeling of the participants: The most important one for me was definitely the talk on values. He really resonated with me personally and professionally, and I will take what I learned from Mike and apply it somehow to what I do. Elizabeth Aguilar, COO Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast
The Story of WE was on display in the Institute’s second annual Santa Ana Forum. Dave, great job bringing together this year’s program of presenters and community participants.