Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission announces ‘Imagine 2050’ Survey Launch

by | May 5, 2022

The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) is excited to announce the launch of our first survey for Imagine 2050: A Vision for Central Massachusetts. Imagine 2050 is a region-wide comprehensive planning initiative that will establish long-range strategies for the 40-community region. Survey link: http://www.cmrpcregionalservices.org/survey

Working with residents, business owners, governments, and institutional partners, CMRPC will facilitate development of the community-driven plan. The project aims to identify the resources, problems, possibilities, and needs of the region; these findings will inform a plan to improve the welfare and prosperity of those who live, work, and visit Central Massachusetts.

Imagine 2050 is intended to help local, regional, and state actors make informed public policy and investment decisions. Community needs and preferences will be identified through robust community engagement processes. Recommendations will derive from community surveys, listening and visioning sessions, data and trend analysis, and scenario planning. This represents the region’s first comprehensive planning effort in more than 20 years.
At CMRPC’s September Quarterly Commission Meeting, Executive Director Janet A. Pierce called on residents and other stakeholders to get involved: “Imagine 2050 is an opportunity to help define the future of Central Massachusetts. If you love where you live, you should participate. If there are things you would like to see changed about the region, you should participate. Whether you live in the heart of Worcester or the heart of New Braintree, we are asking for your insight and your preferences. Please join us in charting a path for all of Central Massachusetts.”

This preliminary survey covers a wide array of topics under the themes of economy, environment, and equity. The survey’s goal is to create a vision statement for Imagine 2050. Look out for CMRPC staff, who will be on the road this summer through “Imagine on the Go”, promoting surveys at your favorite summer events & facilitating visioning sessions to hear from as many Central Massachusetts residents as possible.

Paper surveys will also be available in each community. Box locations are posted at http://www.cmrpcregionalservices.org/survey.


Imagine2050 Survey Flyer