Candice Kelly is a Tualatin resident.

Time is now to share your ideas for Tualatin’s Tomorrow.

Your ideas are the most important part of our plans as you are the one who will let us know what the community needs for Tualatin over the next 20 years.

The Tualatin Tomorrow Vision is a way for the community to envision what we want our city to be in the future. Change takes time, and we can’t begin to change until we have ideas and a plan to get us there.

Think of it as a road map that will take us where we want to be as a community in the future. As we all know, change will come whether we want it to or not, so the best thing we can do is make the changes we feel will work best for our city.

Tualatin Tomorrow helps us create that guide to our future selves.

If you ask me what Tualatin’s best feature is, I say, it’s the people. People always make the biggest difference. So we need you to share your ideas.

We want to engage all of our Tualatin community: the residents who live here; the people who work here; and those who assist us in other ways to make our lives better through their contributions.

We’re reaching out in different ways, perhaps you’ve seen our idea cards that can be filled out and mailed or dropped in drop boxes at the Tualatin Public Library, Juanita Pohl Center, council and city planning buildings, or it could be you’ve noticed us interviewing people attending various community events. We’re also reaching out to businesses, non-English speakers and other community interests, too. It could be the easiest way to get involved and make the future yours is by visiting our Online Idea Forum, which you’ll find at While there you can share your own ideas as well as vote/like ideas already suggested and comment on others’ ideas yourself. The more we hear from you the more we can accomplish going forward. The Online Forum will close at the end of September. This journey began in 2007, and here are a few of the actions that have been accomplished from the Vision:• Tualatin Gateway.• Dog Park constructed and open.• Revamped, interactive city website.• Juanita Pohl Center addition, renovation and program expansion. • A central gathering place through the implementation of the Tualatin Farmers Market.

While all ideas are welcome during this ongoing community conversation, the Tualatin Tomorrow Advisory Committee is especially interested in suggestions addressing emerging community challenges and opportunities.

When I think about the Tualatin of the future, I see a wonderful supportive community with something for everyone. I hope everybody will participate. We want all ideas. You could be the one who has an idea that will make all the difference to our community; good ideas come from each and every one of us.

Will every idea work, likely not, but the more we have to choose from the better our city will be now and in the future. So, yes, we want everybody’s ideas to help take Tualatin toward Tomorrow.

Join us, sign up to be on our contact list, share your ideas and participate in future activities. Go to or to share your valuable ideas and see what other community members have suggested. So, what are your thoughts?

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