New Ulm is a community with so many good things going for it!  Great city management, a thriving business community, vibrant non-profits filling cultural and social service needs, quality health care, extensive education for a variety of ages and more parks than most other communities!  However, to continue being an attractive community to new business and new residents takes deliberate conversations and planning. What works fine today may need to be reworked for tomorrow's success - hence the need for community visioning.

A small group of community leaders led the effort for NU2020 and our meetings convened in early of November 2016 with approximately 90 attendees.  On this page, you will find the ideas that were brought forward as projects for the community and supporting documents from the day. 

Our format is to provide each of the projects with a committee for progress and communication. None of the projects can be completed in a vacuum, but need a variety of representatives to really pull it forward.  Watch this page for continuing information as we move into NU2020!

New Ulm 2020 logo
The Community Visioning (NU2020) identified 8 projects that will be further explored and led by committees made up of visioning participants and interested community members.  If you'd like to jump on one of these projects, the committees are still being formed and now is the time. Please email or call us at the Chamber to be connected to one of these committees - or 507-233-4300. Here is the list of projects:
  • Post Secondary Education Program to Meet Workforce Needs 
  • Meeting Our Community's Housing Needs 
  • Community Time Bank for Volunteering 
  • New Ulm Industry Council 
  • Marketing New Ulm as a place to work and live 
  • Riverfront Development / Bicycle Outfitter 
  • Youth Center
  • Revitalize Downtown (Making it a two-way street again).

Steering Committee

Community Visioning Conference

Eric Bode - New Ulm Area Foundation, Rachel Smith - HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Evolve), Cindy Winters - Heart of New Ulm, Les Schultz - City of New Ulm, Donna Lambrecht - Brown County United Way, Carisa Buegler - New Ulm Medical Center, Nancy Quam - New Ulm Area Foundation, Jeff Bertrang - ISD 88 & Audra Shaneman - New Ulm Chamber

Word Clouds

Attendees at the Visioning Conference were asked to list what they think New Ulm's Strengths, Values, and Opportunities are.  These answers were compiled into word clouds.  The clouds give greater prominence to words that appeared more frequently in the responses.

Visioning Survey

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