In March and April, 2002, Team Mahaska embarked on a series of neighborhood meetings in an effort to identify county-wide issues and concerns within the Mahaska Community. Residents from all over the county attended one or more of 13 meetings held throughout the county. This was a first step in putting together a plan of action to improve the quality of life for the county’s 22,000 citizens. Those in attendance were asked, “What can be done to improve Mahaska County and its various neighborhoods? What are the issues facing the Mahaska Community? Who should be involved in addressing those issues?”
Based on feedback and answers to those questions as well as continued discussion since those meetings, Team Mahaska compiled a “Strategic Plan” which was released in September 2002.