Welcome to Valley Vision 3.0
By all outward signs, Valley Vision was doing well. Less than four years ago we broke the $2 million mark in revenues for the first time in our history, had more clients than ever, and our reputation was strong and climbing thanks to a powerful board and talented staff. But was Valley Vision focused on the right things? Were we prepared to meet the challenges of the future?
After some deep reflection amongst our top volunteers, management team, and interviews with people and organizations with whom we work, the answer was: “It’s time to challenge the status quo and upgrade.”
We started with long conversations over dinners about global trends like the speed of technological change, the advent of new business models disrupting whole industries, growing disparities in our communities, big leadership shifts in our local marketplace, and more. Because so much of what Valley Vision does is to provide support to leaders driving big change initiatives, we asked ourselves whether we had all the right tools in place to help them make an impact, including tools available to our own board of directors. We asked how do we stay relevant? Can we do things more efficiently?
As a result, for the past couple of years Valley Vision has quietly been going through a series of upgrades to strengthen our capabilities for the future. Several deep audits were conducted, resulting in upgrades in our business and financial practices and project accounting. A greater emphasis on measuring actual impact and outcomes was set in place. We examined national best practices that led us to implement bi-annual director performance reviews to clarify expectations and boost output. These upgrades happened under the leadership of the executive committee, but chiefly Jose Hermocillo as Chairman and Tim Johnson as Treasurer.
Valley Vision also has undertaken a bevy of externally facing changes – a fantastic new website, new logo and tagline, and a thorough communications overhaul being most visible. Our thanks to our Chairwoman Keri Thomas and Sutter Health for making this possible.
Through our new partnership with the Institute of Social Research at Sacramento State, Valley Vision is now conducting regular public opinion research to test resident attitudes on key issues throughout the year. We feel it’s more important than ever to lift up the voice and opinions of the public on upcoming decisions that impact their quality of life. Poll results will be released in a few weeks on public attitudes about our roads, transit, and general mobility across the six-county Sacramento Region.
But the most dramatic change for Valley Vision is that in 2018 we will begin to take stands on carefully selected policy issues. This shift in stance was strongly backed by all the board with the understanding we would take positions using facts and evidence – Valley Vision’s calling card – and take a long-view position that looks out not just for this generation but for the next. In our assessment, we need much more of this in our public discourse today.
Valley Vision will forever remain nonpartisan and objective. We will always be a place you can trust to bring all corners of our community together to tackle the toughest problems with stellar research, top-notch staff work, and a laser-like focus on results.
Our new tagline says it all: Community Inspired Solutions. Welcome to Valley Vision 3.0. We are here to improve people’s lives. We are not afraid of risking failure on the path to success. We dream big. And act bigger. To transform our communities. To do something that matters.
October 11, 2017
Bill Mueller is Chief Executive of Valley Vision.
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