Madison County Heart & Soul is an initiative that recognizes our county is diverse and made up of individual communities, rural areas, and neighborhoods. Heart & Soul’s purpose is to honor community pride as we develop a county-wide future that represents what matters most to the residents. The best way to identify Madison County’s distinctive character – and find the means to protect it – is to listen to people who live in the communities of the county.

NEW: Heart & Soul Statements and the ThriVinci Report

View Statements for Madison County and the ThriVinci Report

View Statements for St. Charles

View Statements for Winterset

You can help define the Heart & Soul of your community and Madison County by completing our short, anonymous survey.

All responses are grouped together, themes are identified, and the results are provided to our elected officials and to community groups for more informed decision-making.

Here are more ways to be involved in the Heart & Soul process:

  • If you would like to provide even more input about your community or need general information, visit our Contact tab.
  • If you would like to volunteer to be part of the team, complete a volunteer application form.

Heart and Soul’s goal is to identify the characteristics that make our communities special. These characteristics can be protected or enhanced through more effective and participatory decision-making. Communities working together within Madison County can equip themselves to steer change rather than simply cope with it.

“If you really want to take an in-depth look at what matters to the members of your community and create a stronger, more cohesive community, Heart & Soul’s the way to go.”

— Thom Harnett, Mayor, Gardiner, ME

Photos by Carol Bassett, Luminosity Design

Funding by Greater Madison County Community Foundation