ABOUT GROW GRAND ISLAND
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
During 2014, the communities of Hall County joined together to create a cohesive vision and action plan called "Grander Vision." In that same timeframe, another comprehensive visioning effort led by Market Street took place endorsed by the Chamber, Economic Development Corporation, and Tourism focused on business development. The resulting plans from these two visioning efforts were combined into one program of work; and, Grow Grand Island was established as a 501c3 to facilitate implementation an ongoing visioning.
HOW IT ALL WORKS
Grow Grand Island functions as an area partnership focused on identifying impactful project and initiatives. Guiding priorities include workforce, entrepreneurship, workforce housing, tourism/image, outdoor spaces, and targeted development. As our mission says, we "cultivate bold ideas that create quality of life and business opportunities in the region by planning, partnering and doing."
Grow Grand Island is led by an Executive Committee that is made up of the director and a board representative for each of the three core partner organizations (Chamber, EDC and Tourism) and Fonner Park, as well as at-large community/business leaders. There are five additional non-voting liaisons to include two representatives from the Hall County Commissioners, one from the City's Administration, and two from City Council.
Grow Grand Island is funded from an annual allocation of Food & Beverage tax revenues, as well as private funding and grants. Leveraging funding sources is key, as is public-private partnerships.
Grow Grand Island was launched in 2016. An initial fundraising campaign was launched to build up private funds for initial projects, as well as operating expenses. We proudly acknowledge these supporters as founding investors, and we welcome new investors!