Our Core Values in Action
With our mission of creating livable communities by advancing social equity, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity for the region, Valley Vision has been a constant and steady presence in the area for 28 years.
Our work has always been values-centered, although we haven’t always clearly expressed those values for ourselves or others. Over the past several months, our staff and Board took an exercised approach to tease out the fundamental ideals that drive our work and articulate who we are. We are proud to share:
- STEWARDSHIP: We exist to serve our communities to advance social equity, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity.
- COLLABORATION: We value building genuine connections that honor our communities and partners.
- COURAGE: We are willing to do hard things.
- PASSION: We are energized by our work and our communities.
Values are only words on paper without commitments and practices that support them. The following depicts our intentions to live out these values.
The values that we hold provide a foundation for the work we do and the way we do it. When we are supporting healthy food systems, developing equitable workforce pathways, or launching a new regional initiative for equitable and low carbon economic growth – these values should shine through. Our goal is to ensure that our values are apparent to all who work with us in the ways we engage and activate our work. We welcome your dialogue and feedback.
What are the values that anchor and guide you? Let’s support each other in activating values-driven leadership to foster equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities.
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Evan Schmidt is Valley Vision’s Chief Executive Officer.