Town of Falmouth Vision and Values project, Maine, USA (2020-2021)

Town of Falmouth Vision and Values project, Maine, USA (2020-2021)

Developing a Vision and Values statement through robust, transparent and inclusive community engagement.

Project Overview

The Town of Falmouth is situated in Cumberland County, Maine, USA. It is part of the Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area. This northern suburb of Portland borders Casco Bay and offers one of the largest anchorages in Maine. Falmouth is noted for its high performing school district, and for being a coastal community on the fringe of Portland, the most populous city in Maine. Falmouth also has the largest anchorage in Maine.

The Town of Falmouth wished to develop a Town Vision and Values statement through a robust community engagement process, prior to embarking on the update of its 2013 Comprehensive Plan. The resulting Vision and Values statement would create the community’s desired future community character.

The project was implemented across 4 phases that built momentum around an aligned vision for the Town of Falmouth for the next 10-20 years. With Covid-19 restrictions, the first phases of the project were held virtually.

Future iQ®'s Role in this Project

    Future iQ was contracted by the Town of Falmouth to conduct and facilitate the Vision and Values project. Work included:

    Phase 1 - Project Background Research

    • Initial planning and schedule
    • Background Research/key data review
    • Benchmark Report (This report will provide an up-to-date community profile in conjunction with nationwide community comparisons across common dimensions)

    Phase 2 - Future Scenario speculation including focus groups and Think-Tank

    • Community Survey
    • Data visualization platform
    • Future Driver virtual focus groups
    • Falmouth Future Think-Tank
    • Scenarios of the Future Report

    Phase 3 - Broader Community Engagement

    • Community vision engagement sessions
    • Vision survey, data collection and analysis
    • Future Summit

    Phase 4 - Final Report

    • Draft and finalize Falmouth Community Vision and Values Statement Report
    • Presentation of the Falmouth Community Vision and Values Statement Report