A decade ago when the Ardmore community came together to create a vision of where they wanted the city to be in 10 years, they called the project Vision 2020. With 2020 only a few months away, the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the City of Ardmore to examine the results of the first project and come up with a new set of goals. The new project will be known as Vision 2025, and the new goals will be determined over a series of three meetings in October.
Vision 2025 will be co-chaired by Mercy Hospital Ardmore President Daryle Voss along with Ardmore Mayor John Moore. Voss spoke at a Thursday press conference to announce the new project. He began by highlighting some of the successes of Vision 2020.
“There were a lot of opportunities identified in that process, and over the last decade many of those initiatives were addressed and I want to share a little of that with you,” Voss said. “A few of those highlights include the construction of a state of the art cancer center on Mercy’s campus, and some you might have used the recently remodeled YMCA. What a wonderful facility.”
Voss also highlighted the city’s thriving economy which has allowed it to spend over $3.5 million per year in infrastructure, the construction of the new UCSO campus, the completed first phase of the streetscape project and  construction
of the Clubhouse — the new family entertainment center at Regional Park.
Assistant City Manager Kevin Boatright also spoke in place of Mayor Moore, who was unable to attend. He talked about what will take place at each of the three upcoming meetings.
“The initial session will allow those present to review the Ardmore 2020 initiative, consider its progress, and determine whether the original vision has accomplished what it set out to do and if it needs to be amended or is no longer relevant at this time,” Boatright said. “The second session will begin to refine those ideas and create concrete goals in each category. Finally specific items in a timeline will be established. Following the completion of the third session a steering commission will review all the information and produce a report to the community. This report will set forth the timeline and action steps to hopefully have continued success in Ardmore here in the future.”
The three planning sessions for Ardmore Vision 2025 will take place on October 1, 15 and 29 at the Chickasaw Community Center located at 907 Locust Street. The sessions will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and include a light meal followed by a development and planning session. All Ardmore citizens are invited to attend to contribute their ideas.