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.

Heart & Soul Statements and the ThriVinci Report

View Statements for Madison County and the ThriVinci Report

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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

The Madison County Heart & Soul initiative is based upon the Orton Family Foundation’s Community Heart and Soul program. The purpose of Madison County Heart and Soul is to honor the ideas and values of incorporated communities, rural areas, and neighborhoods. Heart and Soul believes that the strength of a community lies in the hearts and the minds of the people who live there. Madison County Heart & Soul’s purpose is to honor the voices of the citizens of the county 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 to find the means to protect it – is to listen to people who live in the county.

The Madison County Heart & Soul committee reached out to ThriVinci, an Omaha, Nebraska, nonprofit that specializes in organizational development and effectiveness consulting. This work was funded by grants from the Greater Madison County Community Foundation and funding from the Madison County Board of Supervisors. ThriVinci analyzed the responses in order to provide a framework for unbiased data-driven decision making. ThriVinci quantified responses so they could be organized into manageable groups of ideas. The findings empower the communities and extend the collective voice of the citizens.

This report is released to the Madison County Board of Supervisors and is available to all residents of Madison County. 

Photos by Carol Bassett, Luminosity Design

Funding by Greater Madison County Community Foundation