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How Is Forward Wayne County Guided?

Forward Wayne County is represented by a Leadership Forum, Steering Committee, Executive Committee, and Program Director.

Wayne County Leadership Forum

The Forward Wayne County Leadership Forum is a large-group that meets quarterly in the community.  Comprised of county leaders representing multiple disciplines who function collectively to guide the initiative’s vision.  The Wayne County Leadership Forum gathers quarterly to receive an update on key efforts and to exchange ideas on how Forward Wayne County can connect to other work in the county.

This quarterly gathering is open to the entire community and we invite you to join us.  Subscribe our newsletter to receive notifications of upcoming Wayne County Leadership Forum Community Meetings.

Not sure what to expect at the meeting?  Check out this article where we talk about the Leadership Forum.


Steering Committee and Executive Committee

The Steering Committee of Forward Wayne County acts as a board and provides organizational direction.  Functioning as a consultative committee, the Steering Committee identifies focus areas for the Program Director and helps guide measurable progress. This committee operates using the Forward Wayne County Guiding Principles as a framework how to make decisions and move forward.  Additionally, this group helps set measurable goals and objectives, assess processes and progresses, and provide feedback to help sustain accountability.

Executive Committee members sit on the Steering Committee, but also function collaboratively as a small supportive subcommittee.  The Executive Committee meets with the Program Director twice monthly to provide the Program Director with guidance. Visit the People page to view who is on the Steering Committee.


Program Manager

The Program Manager acts as the main point of contact and coordination for Forward Wayne County. The Program Director coordinates with local stakeholders at the individual, group, organization, and municipality level to realize common goals.  Using a collective impact framework, the Program Director acts as a backbone support – planning, managing, and supporting the initiative is the key role enacted to attain goals outlined to address the county’s defined needs.

Guiding Principles of Forward Wayne County

Guiding Principles